'It was all a mistake.'
That was the gist of what Senator Pamela Wallin told CBC's Peter Mansbridge in her first full-length interview since the Senate expense scandal erupted a month ago.
Wallin — who is under fire for claiming more than $375,000 in travel claims in just two years — is now being investigated by an outside auditor. Deloitte's report is expected to be released some time this summer.
On Thursday, Wallin appeared with Mansbridge on The National to talk about her recent ordeal.
Here's some of what she had to say:
About the expense claims that got her in trouble:
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There’s a lot of paperwork particularly in government, every time you move, every time you go anywhere. Sort of more paperwork than is humanly possible to keep on top of. So I made mistakes.
[Travel expenses] that should have been charged to a third party weren’t. It was just kind of going through the Senate system as it always had for many years.
I didn't deliberately set out to abuse this system in any way. In fact I