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Paul St George
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Paul St George
2022-11-03 12:32
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I am addressing you today to seek the approval of the Board of Internal Economy for updating certain provisions of the policies on MPs' travel when they are in travel status.
The first point concerns travel expenses between the secondary residence, which may be a hotel or a rented or purchased residence, and the normal place of work. Under the policy, members who are in travel status are personally responsible for those expenses. The House administration recommends members be allowed to be reimbursed against their office budget for travel between their secondary residence and the normal place of work.
This measure would provide members with greater flexibility when choosing a secondary residence further away from the parliamentary precinct, where lodging could be more cost-effective.
The second item of the submission relates to car rentals within the national capital region. These also are currently not an allowable expense under the policy. The administration is recommending that when members are in travel status and their eligible employees are more than 100 kilometres from their normal place of work, car rental costs be charged to the member's office budget.
The proposed changes would standardize the policy, which currently allows the reimbursement of other living expenses when members are in travel status. As the expenses would be charged to the existing member's office budget, no additional funding would be required.
Thank you very much, Mr. Chair. I'd welcome any questions the board may have.
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Lib. (ON)
Are there any questions or comments?
Are we agreed?
Some hon. members: Agreed.
Hon. Anthony Rota: That went well. It was easy.
Very good.
I am now going to suspend the meeting for a few minutes before we go in camera.
[Proceedings continue in camera]
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