POLITICS

Nunatsiavut minister defends travel, expense claims over alleged discrepancies

04/21/2015 03:22 EDT | Updated 07/13/2015 04:59 EDT
NAIN, N.L. - A member of Nunatsiavut's legislative assembly says he never gained financially from any travel he took as a member of cabinet.

Richard Pamak (PAW-mick) was relieved of his duties as minister of culture, recreation and tourism on Monday by the president of Nunatsiavut after questions were raised about some of his expense filings.

Sarah Leo wouldn't reveal any details about the amount of money in dispute.

But in a statement, Pamak says he was shocked by the decision to relieve him of his ministerial duties.

He says all of his travel expenses were approved by the assembly's first minister and any discrepancies in his claims were adjusted and appropriate action was taken to resolve them.

Pamak was elected in May and will continue to serve as a member of the Nunatsiavut assembly.

"In my capacity as minister I did not breach any code of conduct as an elected official nor did I gain financially from any travel while conducting Nunatsiavut government business," he says in the statement released Tuesday. "As minister, all my travel was in the best interest of Nunatsiavut."