Journalist-turned-senator to speak at Conservative fundraiser

Sen. Pamela Wallin will speak later this month at a fundraiser for the Conservative Electoral District Association.

Familiar to many from her years as a reporter, host and commentator on current affairs programs with CBC and CTV, Wallin has led a public service career for the past decade.

She was appointed Canada's consul-general in New York City in 2002 by then-prime minister Jean Chretien. In 2009, she was appointed to the Senate by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

"We are honoured to have Senator Wallin share her extensive knowledge on current national and international issues with us," said MP Cathy McLeod, who extended a welcome to all to attend the talk. "This event offers an intriguing viewpoint of Canada as seen through the eyes of a highly regarded journalist, diplomat, entrepreneur and now senator."

Wallin currently chairs the Senate's national security and defence committee and also serves on the veterans affairs subcommittee, the special committee on anti-terrorism and the foreign affairs and international trade committee.

She was the focus of controversy when she said she favoured an elected Senate despite being appointed. However, she has pledged to step down and run as a candidate when Saskatchewan, her home province, holds its first Senate election.

Tickets for the event, which takes place Saturday, Oct. 15, 5:30 p.m. in the Panorama Room of TRU's International Building, can be reserved at 250-372-2277. Including hors d'oeuvres and a no-host bar, the cost is $25 or $15 for students, seniors and veterans.

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