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View Blaine Calkins Profile
CPC (AB)
It has to be electric.
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CPC (AB)
I just want to speak to what Mr. Julian brought forward.
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CPC (AB)
Look, I don't necessarily have a problem with asking for it, but I think we're asking the administration to tackle something that's extremely difficult, considering the breadth of the country and the number of regions we have. The various costs associated with living in numerous cities in numerous provinces are going to be much more substantive than they are for simply looking after the needs and modelling after a single province, like British Columbia, with one relatively concentrated area. Two-thirds of the population of British Columbia live in the GVA-Victoria area. It's a completely different thing from what we have for the country.
I guess that doesn't stop us from trying, but I wouldn't want to be the one to have to undertake that task. I'm pretty satisfied with what we're actually doing right here.
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CPC (AB)
I wanted to get some clarification on the travel status expense account, because this is problematic for some colleagues.
My understanding is that for those colleagues who choose to purchase a secondary residence or have a residence that they own here in the capital region, there is an allocation for them to...I think it's $50 a day, if my memory serves me correctly.
Can you confirm that's the case?
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CPC (AB)
That has been in place since 2003. Is that correct?
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CPC (AB)
Any of the increase that we're proposing to the travel status expense account right now would be beneficial to people who stay in hotels or stay in a rented apartment. Would anybody who stays in a purchased residence see any change to that?
View Blaine Calkins Profile
CPC (AB)
All right.
The other thing I would like to get some clarification on is the use of the travel status expense account for members, even when they're outside their home province. If a member of Parliament is outside of their home province, they must use the travel status expense account for any hotels or accommodations, whether they're in Ottawa or not.
Is that correct?
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CPC (AB)
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CPC (AB)
Thank you for the presentation.
Based on the slide that I saw, the carry-forward that MPs have from the fiscal prudence or the election-related savings is $6.8 million. Is that right? And of that, the lapsed budgets for members of Parliament was $20.58 million. Did I remember that number correctly?
View Blaine Calkins Profile
CPC (AB)
Yes, $20.6 million. That's that difference of $12.4 million you had up on the slide—and you listed a few projects that would be covered by that. I'm wondering if you could give me some more clarification.
It seems to me that it's money that should be allocated to improving the quality of service that members of Parliament can deliver. Can you assure me that the $12.4 million will be spent directly on things that improve the ability of members of Parliament and their offices?
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CPC (AB)
I would like just a little bit more clarification.
If a ticket shows, or you can decipher, the difference between the cost of attending and the charitable portion of the ticket, would this policy change allow for at least the ability to be reimbursed for the ticket cost, less the charitable donation cost, if that's determinable from whomever you purchased the ticket from?
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CPC (AB)
What I'm asking, Ruby, is that, hypothetically, let's say a ticket to go to something is $150. The catered meal and the cost of going is $100, and the donation is $50 as a member. Because I would be there as a member, can I at least get the $100 back, and the $50 is just something that's out of my personal pocket, but then I'm eligible to claim it for taxes and so on, and the House is not allowed to reimburse that portion?
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CPC (AB)
No, you can go on.
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CPC (AB)
Thank you, Chair.
I'd like some clarification on the follow-up from my colleague. Can you give me your interpretation of the implementation of the legislation in a hypothetical example where an MP might have five full-time equivalency positions. If that MP chooses to job-share those five positions and have 10 employees, do they have 10 employees or do they have five employees?
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