Spending by Members of Parliament totalled $144.7-million in 2019-20, a roughly 4.3 per cent decrease from 2018-19.
The House of Commons Speakers' parade, pictured on July 20. There are new disclosure requirements for the House and Senate Speakers, among a list of other parliamentary offices, including never-before-disclosed details on trips, contracts (worth $10,000 and higher), and hospitality costs incurred. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Parliament’s system of expense disclosure reports recently got a revamp, with new reports and new details on travel, hospitality, and contract spending to be made public as early as late August.
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'I think the issue with racialized people not returning to work is more about whether or not they’re going to be hired,' says Arjumand Siddiqi, who holds the Canada Research chair in population health equity.
'If the 10 MPs are articulating the position for Nova Scotia, I would like to think the government would consider that as a strong indicator of what's happening on the ground,' says Liberal MP Darrell Samson says.
House leaders continue to hold talks over the summer, but whether an agreement can be struck to get Conservatives on side with a recent call to allow remote voting in ‘exceptional circumstances’ remains to be seen.
Though late and largely unconvincing, the PM's testimony helps ensure the government’s points, rather than mere speculation, are litigated in the public square instead, says Garry Keller of StrategyCorp.