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Pamela Wallin to return to Senate: lawyer

Sen. Pamela Wallin will return to the upper chamber when Parliament reconvenes, her lawyer says.

Wallin is currently under RCMP investigation for fraud and breach of trust, but has not been charged. She was suspended without pay from the Senate in November 2013, along with former Conservative senators Mike Duffy and Patrick Brazeau.

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But those suspensions only lasted until the election writ dropped, and all three started getting pay cheques again in August, although Brazeau’s wages are getting garnisheed because he never repaid the housing allowance the Senate believes he owes.

However, Duffy and Brazeau cannot return to the Senate because they are still facing fraud and breach of trust charges, along with retired Liberal senator Mac Harb.

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But Wallin is eligible to return to her seat as an independent when Parliament returns, according to a Senate spokeswoman.

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The RCMP alleges Wallin billed taxpayers for business and personal trips that had nothing to do with her work as a senator.

Wallin has maintained her innocence and none of the allegations have been proven in court.

Prime-minister-designate Justin Trudeau is expected to reconvene Parliament in early December.

Duffy’s fraud and breach of trial continues in Ottawa on November 18.