This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
In a statement issued by embattled Sen. Pamela Wallin on Friday, she announced to have repaid more than $100,600 in expenses that were decided by the Senate and declared not to resign. The statement added confirmation that she has already submitted personal cheques totaling $100,600, “plus interest,” to the Senate Finance Directorate.
In the statement, Sen. Wallin mentioned that “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.” She further added that “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.”
However, Wallin claims to have submitted her expense claims “in good faith, honestly believing that the reimbursement was appropriate.” She confessed that “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.” Although, she again added that “I am disappointed and angry about the way in which this matter was handled, and any implication that I behaved dishonestly,” insisting that “I have not done anything wrong. I am not guilty of any misconduct.”