10 Wallin expense claims auditors found ineligible
Here's a look at 10 of the expense claims Senator Pamela Wallin made from 2009 to 2012, which auditors have found to be ineligible and require reimbursement, including attending a Grey Cup Gala Dinner for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Calgary and the Juno Awards in Toronto.
EXPENSE AMOUNT TO BE PAID BACK
|CLAIMS FOUND INELIGIBLE|
|April 11-18, 2009||$81.63|
- Wallin drove from Wadena to Saskatoon. She was the keynote speaker at a public event organized by the Conservative Party electoral district associations. The Conservative Party represented this event as a $100 per plate dinner.
- Auditors did not find this to be Senate business as it was a fundraiser.
|June 15-18, 2009||$1,434.80|
- Claim that Wallin flew from Ottawa to Toronto for True Patriot Love Tribute Dinner. A press conference for the organization was held on June 18 at 11:30 a.m. Dinner scheduled for November 10.
- From flight boarding passes in the Wallin's expense claims auditors noted that her flight schedule would not have allowed her to attend the conference on June 18.
|Sept. 14-17, 2009||$1,234.85|
- Wallin flew from Toronto to Ottawa to attend Dignitas International and the Ontario Chancellor's Dinner at the University Club. Both events were found to be related to Wallin's personal interests, not Senate business.
- Wallin stayed an extra day in Toronto.
- Flies from Ottawa to Montreal and back to attend special event honouring former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. Found to be a partisan event, not Senate business.
|Nov. 26-29, Dec. 1||$291.62||- During trip to Calgary Wallin was invited to attend Grey Cup Gala Dinner for the Saskatchewan Roughriders as special guest. Wallin stayed an additional day to go to the event. Personal interest, not Senate business.|
|Feb. 24-25, 2010||$648.50|
- Wallin flies from Ottawa to Toronto where she was invited to a special lecture at the Gardiner Museum. Lecturer was an American economist and writer who Wallin said she had interviewed many times in the past. "That's probably how that came about," she explained. Found to be personal and not Senate business.
- Senator also attended Nature Conservancy of Canada Board of Directors private meeting. Wallin used to be part of the board — said she spoke about issues in Saskatchewan. Also found to be personal in nature and not Senate business.
|March 25-28, 2011||$1,620.76||- Wallin flew from Ottawa to Toronto. Senator attended the Juno Awards as a special invited guest. Personal in nature and not Senate business.|
|April 13-23, 2011||$466.16|
- On April 15, Wallin drove from Wadena to Saskatoon and returned to attend Here for Canada PM Rally. Research indicates this was a Conservative Party rally, therefore not Senate business.
- On April 19, Wallin met with member of Muslim community to discuss immigration issues. Conservative Party said this was a campaign visit on their behalf. Found not to be Senate business due to partisan nature.
|June 15-16, 2011||$2,042|
- Wallin flew from Toronto to Ottawa on June 15, returning the next day. Senator gave convocation address as Chancellor and Honorary Alumnus of Guelph University and spoke on the importance of civic engagement and public service.
- Given Wallin was the Chancellor the event appears to be personal in nature and not Senate related.
|Sept. 15-18, 2011||$2,595.13|
- Wallin flew from Saskatoon to Toronto on September 18. Wallin was keynote speaker at the Rob Milligan event where, "The Senator spoke about Canada's role and ongoing mission in Afghanistan and the role of the Canadian Forces in putting Canada back at the table as respected international allies." It's indicated by Senate office that the event was related to a provincial election campaign.
- Senator's outlook said, "Fundraiser for Rob Milligan in Northumberland Quinte West."
- Written calendar entry said, "TORY event Bob fundraiser."
- Auditors found this to be a partisan event and not Senate business.
|Aug. 17-18, 2012||$1,750.59|
- Wallin attended business leaders reception in New Brunswick. Senate office indicated this was a private dinner at the home of a prominent local business leader to be recognized as business man of the year. Former premier, diplomats and business leaders were there.
- Organizers offered to pay for the travel, but Wallin refused as she felt it was Senate business.
- Auditors found the trip to be personal in nature and not Senate business.