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MP trips to U.S. more than triple in first quarter of 2017-18

By Emily Haws      

MP spending overall is up about six per cent from $28.6-million in the first quarter of 2016-17 to about $30.5-million in the same period in 2017-18. Calgary Conservative MP Ron Liepert spent the most so far this fiscal year.

Conservative MP Randy Hoback, talking NAFTA right with his party's then-trade critic Gerry Ritz in August, was one of the 17 MPs who travelled to Washington and New York in the first three months of the 2017-18 fiscal year. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

With NAFTA renegotiations on the horizon, Members of Parliament took more than three times the number of trips to Washington and New York from April 1 to June 30 than the same period the year prior. In the first quarter of the 2017-18 fiscal year, which runs April 1 to Mar. 31, MPs used 16.5 travel points—or return trips—to the two United States cities, compared to just five points in the same period a year earlier, according to MP

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