Satellite phones, longer hotel stays, and money for meals were among the policy changes approved by the House Board of Internal Economy last month.
The House of Commons Board of Internal Economy, chaired by House Speaker Geoff Regan, left, who is pictured with House clerk Charles Robert, right, approved a number of changes to the Members’ Allowances and Services Manual, which lays out MP spending rules, in December. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Sixteen is the new magic number for Members of Parliament who find themselves in need of a snack when working in their constituency.
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‘If it is slanderous or defamatory, then we will be held accountable for that, and we will be held accountable by our electorate, in whether they vote for us again,’ says Conservative House Leader Candice Bergen.
Big-ticket items in the last federal budget of this majority Liberal government include more than $6.2-billion to expand federal financing of rental construction, $1-billion for increasing access to drugs for rare diseas
Whereas last year’s budget was largely pitched at women, this year, Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s final budget is focused on skills training to help older workers and youth adapt to a rapidly changing workforce.