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Internal Economy Board approves ‘new standard’ of House spending above $500M

By Charelle Evelyn      

The committee also okayed a $925K budget for new deputy clerk and changes to the MPs' spending guide.

The Board of Internal Economy met Dec. 7, where the House of Commons’ main estimates were on the table, and changes to the Members’ Allowances and Service Manual. Pictured are board members Liberal MP Pablo Rodriguez, left, and NDP MP Peter Julian. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

House of Commons spending is on track to remain above the half-billion-dollar mark next fiscal year, as the Board of Internal Economy approved a $507-million budget for Members of Parliament, House officers, and the staff who support them. The committee’s Dec. 7 vote marks the first time House of Commons spending has been approved with a starting point of more than $500-million in cash. While the 2018-19 figure approved at a Dec. 7 meeting—the fourth open session of

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