Sen. Pamela Wallin is considering legal action over her proposed suspension without pay from the Senate, her lawyer says.
On Thursday, government leader in the Senate Claude Carignan accused Wallin of "gross negligence in managing parliamentary [resources]," and recommended she be suspended from the upper chamber without pay for up to two years.
"If the Senate majority leader wants to allege gross negligence, we say he should call a public hearing, present his evidence, allow us to cross-examine on that and bring our own evidence and then let a decision be made," lawyer Terrence O'Sullivan told QMI Agency Friday.
He said depriving Saskatchewan residents services of a senator for up to two years makes a "mockery" of democracy and is akin to the way political opponents and "irritants" are dealt with in Third World dictatorships.
Auditors voiced concerns over Wallin's travel expense claims. She repaid more than $140,000 in September, following a Senate order.