No charges will be laid against Sen. Pamela Wallin in connection with the senate expenses scandal.
A statement issued by RCMP Assistant Commissioner Gilles Michaud on Thursday afternoon read that ”the RCMP has completed its thorough investigation into Senator Pamela Wallin’s Senate expenses,” and “following consultation with Crown Counsel, the RCMP has determined that no criminal charges will be laid against Senator Wallin and will be concluding its investigational file.”
Reacting to the announcement, Wallin expressed her relief, saying she is glad the ”nightmare” is over, however she also stated that she has yet to see any official paperwork and would be speaking with her lawyer about that to do next.
She also said the she would be releasing a more complete statement on the matter in the future.
Nearly three years have past since the RCMP first began it’s investigation into the Saskatchewan senator’s travel expense claims.
As a result, Wallin was suspended from the senate in 2013 with no pay or privileges, however she returned to full-time Senate work last year following the dissolution of Parliament for the federal elections.
The news comes just weeks after Sen. Mike Duffy was cleared of 31 criminal charges related to his own expenses, alleged bribery and breach of trust.