Senators who max out living-expense budget could get new top-up
By Charelle EvelynNov. 14, 2018
Up to $7,500 will be made available next year to those whose parliamentary duties and travel schedules put extra pressure on their annual allowance.
A study by the Internal Economy Committee’s estimates subcommittee found about half of Senators say they need more money to cover living expenses. The subcommittee is composed of Independent Sen. Elaine McCoy, Liberal Sen. Dennis Dawson, Conservative Sen. Scott Tannas, Conservative Sen. Elizabeth Marshall, and Independent Sen. Lucie Moncion. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade, file photographs, photograph courtesy of Lucie Moncion
Senators who find themselves nipping nickels at the end of the year, or even paying out pocket, to cover their living expenses because of extended Ottawa stays will have more breathing room in their budgets next year.
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