RCMP closes the book on Pamela Wallin

RCMP commissioner Gilles Michaud says no charges will be laid in Senate expense scandal

(Canadian Press)

(Canadian Press)

OTTAWA — The RCMP say they will not charge Sen. Pamela Wallin after a criminal review of her Senate travel expenses.

The force made the announcement today in a short statement, nearly three years after they first started looking at the Saskatchewan senator and weeks after a judge dismissed 31 criminal charges against Sen. Mike Duffy.

The Mounties have had a file open on the Saskatchewan senator since 2013 after a critical audit of her spending ended with her repaying some $150,000 — including interest — for claims the Senate said were unjustified.

Wallin, along with Duffy and Patrick Brazeau, was suspended without pay from the Senate in November 2013 over disallowed expenses.

She long maintained her innocence and argued she was being singled out for being an activist senator who rubbed some of her colleagues the wrong way.

Former prime minister Stephen Harper appointed Wallin to the Senate in 2009, but Wallin left the Conservative caucus at the height of the expense scandal in 2013.

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