Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall is trying to distance himself and his political party from Senator Pamela Wallin — who racked up more than $120,000 in expenses that auditors said she should pay back.
Wallin, who's from Wadena, was a Conservative senator before stepping down from the party's caucus to sit as an independent.
On Tuesday, Wall was talking with reporters about her involvement with the Saskatchewan Party.
Asked about Wallin's attendance at a Saskatchewan Party convention, Wall said Tuesday he does not know if Wallin still has a membership in the party.
He said she hasn't been active in the party and he doesn't foresee any contact in the near future.
"I don't think it's been a very active relationship," he said. "Don't see where it would go in the future, frankly. We won't have a lot of events coming up that the request would go out."
Wall has been speaking out in recent weeks about abolishing the Senate, and he suggested the Wallin expense scandal is more evidence this would be a good idea.
It may be that people in Saskatchewan would rather donate to charity, than give money to the Senate, he said.
"And so they're saying, let's get rid of it, let's save the $100 million, let's give it to Habitat for Humanity, every year, let's do something else with it that's actually going to contribute," he said.
Wall stopped short of saying the Saskatchewan Party should kick Wallin out of the party.
"I don't think so, until all the due processes are complete," he said.