Canada RCMP Say Wallin May Have Committed Breach of Trust
Canadian Senator Pamela Wallin may have committed a criminal breach of trust and fraud by claiming ineligible expenses, police allege in court documents.
There are “reasonable grounds to believe” that former broadcast journalist and Canadian government representative in New York committed “breach of trust in connection with the duties of her office by making inappropriate expense claims” in violation of the criminal code, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in documents filed in Ontario Provincial Court.
Wallin, who resigned from the Conservative caucus in May, faces suspension from the upper house of the nation’s legislature over her expense claims. Former Conservative senators Mike Duffy and Patrick Brazeau could also be suspended if the Senate passes a motion introduced last month by Government Senate leader Claude Carignan.
Wallin told the Senate on Oct. 23 that the attempt to suspend her is “baseless and premature.”
The Senate expenses scandal has dogged Prime Minister Stephen Harper this year and undermined his efforts to keep the public’s attention on his economic record.
Nigel Wright, a former managing director at Toronto-based private-equity firm Onex Corp., resigned as Harper’s chief of staff in May amid a police investigation following the disclosure he paid about C$90,000 ($86,300) to Duffy to help cover ineligible expense claims.
Wallin’s office didn’t immediately respond to a telephone or e-mail message seeking comment.
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