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Pamela Wallin: ‘I have not done anything wrong. I am not guilty of any misconduct’


 

 

Patrick Doyle/CP

Sen. Pamela Wallin just released the following statement on her expenses. 

As I promised I would, today I personally reimbursed the Government of Canada in the amount which the Senate’s Internal Economy Committee concluded I was not entitled to claim, together with interest on that money.

Personal cheques amounting to one hundred thousand, six hundred dollars and ninety-eight cents ($100,600.98) plus interest were submitted to the Senate Finance Directorate and I have notified the chair of the Internal Economy Committee of this.

Although I fundamentally disagree with the methodology used in arriving at that figure, particularly since the amount was calculated using newly created rules to examine past expenses, I do not want to burden the people of Canada and, in particular the people of Saskatchewan, by engaging in a protracted legal debate about the matter.

I wish to make it clear. I was not treated fairly by the Deloitte review, which was not conducted in accordance with  generally accepted accounting principle, nor have I been treated fairly by the Senate Committee. Evidence that casts doubt on the correctness of the amounts owing was either ignored or disregarded during the review.

When I submitted expense claims, I did so in good faith, honestly believing that the reimbursement was appropriate. If mistakes were made, I am responsible for those, but there was never a deliberate attempt to thwart the travel policy that was in place at the time the claims were submitted.

Unfortunately, the Senate Committee succumbed to a “lynch mob” mentality. There was no regard to procedural or substantive fairness. I am disappointed and angry about the way in which this matter was handled, and any implication that I behaved dishonestly.

I welcome an independent and objective review by the RCMP and I intend to co-operate fully with any such review. I have not done anything wrong. I am not guilty of any  misconduct. Accordingly I will not resign as a senator. I will continue to act for the people of Saskatchewan and Canada, fulfilling the duties of a senator that have been entrusted to me.

I will make no further public comment at this time.

In this week’s cover story, senior writer Anne Kingston chronicles Pamela’ Wallin’s fall from grace. Click here for a sneak preview of her investigation. 


 

Pamela Wallin: ‘I have not done anything wrong. I am not guilty of any misconduct’

  1. Too soon to tell for certain, but I don’t think she’s going to like the eventual results of an independent and objective RCMP review.

    • She “looked forward” to the audit to clear her too.
      Like her, I look forward to the RCMP conclsion and action on this matter

      • “I look forward to my appointment with the guillotine and feel confident I will be completely vindicated by the process.”

  2. Unfortunately, the Senate Committee succumbed to a “lynch mob” mentality
    she is fortunate that yhere is no lynch mob.

    • Fortunate for the Senate Committee as well.

  3. “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.”

    • “I am NOT a crook!”

    • “I wish to make it clear.” Hahahahahaha.

  4. Given the disgust for the Senate now no one would believe her even if she is telling the truth

    • She was not and is not telling the truth. As a Senator, her job is to review legislatures, yet she said the expense claim forms were too complicated to understand. Furthermore, how could it be possible that she did not know which trips she took to pursue her personal interest and private business and which trips she made for Senate business? Even if she was really confused, she could have asked for clarification. She then blamed on her staff making errors, but she was the person who gave them the receipts to claim. Finally, she altered information sent to the auditor. Her conduct makes the Senate look worse, it was not the Senate’s bad reputation that makes people disbelieve her.

  5. Bilking never pays.

  6. I guess I can see how having to give back some of your extra money is sort of like being hung from a tree by vigilantes.

  7. Pam, would you like a little cheese with your whine?

    • Yes, but only if WE pay for it.

  8. She got caught cheating the taxpayer – claimed travel expenses on trips pursuing her personal interest and private business, then altered information sent to the auditor – yet she denies she has done the wrong and she continues holding on to her senator seat so that she would meet the 6-year milestone for the platinum Senate pension (in 2015), not to mention the juicy salary she is still receiving. This is absolutely unacceptable; two things must be done to be fair to the taxpayer and to protect the dignity of Parliament:

    1) She ought to be charged for breach of public trust and be sent to jail where any corrupt politicians and corrupt government employees should belong.
    2) The rule of eligibility for pension must be changed: the length of time required by RCMP and crown prosecutors going through any legal procedures to convict a corrupt politician/employee ought to be subtracted from his/her years in service.

  9. She is paying back the inappropriate expenses, but the taxpayer still suffers the loss of auditing cost (approximately $127K), and future cost of RCMP investigation. When we have a corrupt politician or employee in the office, the taxpayer is always the loser. Most disturbingly, she shows no remorse, nor does she resign, and we cannot do anything about it, but observe her continuing collecting the juicy Senate salary and soon (in 2015) be eligible for the Senate’s platinum pension.

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