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Internal Economy Board approved almost $40,000 for MP legal fees since March

By Charelle Evelyn      

This is the first disclosure since a March policy change to allow the public to see money paid to MPs to cover their legal costs.

House Speaker Geoff Regan chairs the Board of Internal Economy, which has approved $39,233.54 to cover legal expenses for MPs since March. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The House of Commons has shelled out nearly $40,000 to cover legal fees for Members of Parliament since a spring decision by the Board of Internal Economy to regularly open the books on the matter. In a March 1 meeting, the board—a powerful group of seven MPs, chaired by House Speaker Geoff Regan (Halifax West, N.S.) that makes legal and financial decisions for the House of Commons—approved a new policy that allows for the quarterly disclosure of how

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