OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper jumped to the defence Wednesday of embattled Sen. Pamela Wallin, who is facing questions over travel expenses.
The former TV journalist is under fire for racking up over $300,000 in travel over three years, flying between Saskatchewan, Toronto and Ottawa.
The NDP were quick to jump on the price tag.
“It's taxpayers money that Sen. Wallin is using to travel all over the country,” New Democrat Leader Thomas Mulcair said during question period. “Does the prime minister find that acceptable?”
Harper defended Wallin's travel costs as in line with those of other parliamentarians with similar travel schedules.
“Last year, Sen. Wallin spent almost half of her time in the province she represents in the Senate. The costs are obviously to travel to and from that province, as any similar parliamentarian would do,” he said.