Between March 1, 2011 and February 29, 2012, taxpayers received a $142,490.26 bill for Pamela Wallin's traveling expenses. Of this, $10,511.99 was documented as travel and the remaining $131,638.27 was billed as other.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper said her expenses were reasonable as they were comparable with the expenses of a travelling MP.
"Her travel costs are comparable to any parliamentarian travelling from that particular area of the country over that period of time," he said.
"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."
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