MONTREAL – A new audit of Conservative Senator Pamela Wallin contradicts Stephen Harper’s version of events, showing yet again why Conservatives cannot be trusted to clean up the Senate.
“This is further evidence of Conservatives using taxpayer-funded Senators to campaign for them. This is an abuse of the taxpayer,” said NDP Ethics critic Charlie Angus (Timmins – James Bay). “For years Conservatives and Liberals have used the Senate as a partisan piggy bank to fund their fundraising and political campaigns. Canadians are fed up.”
The audit of Senator Wallin’s expenses revealed she apparently submitted travel claims to the Senate for partisan work – including for events in Saskatchewan, Toronto, Kitchener, a Conservative fundraising gala alongside Brian Mulroney, and a TV appearance during the election campaign.
During Question Period last spring, the prime minister defended the Senator’s expenses stating that he had “looked at the numbers” and Ms. Wallin’s “travel costs are comparable to any parliamentarian from that particular area of the country.”
Angus added that momentum is building towards abolition as the unelected, unaccountable and under investigation Senate is rapidly losing all credibility.
Earlier this month, Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair launched a cross-country tour, Roll up the Red Carpet, promoting Senate abolition.