On an earlier post, Garth reports:
Apparently, according to the Liberal whip, Karen Redman, who is on the Board, MPs can now claim $75 a day for meals while they are away from home, in addition to $25 a day for accommodation if they own a house or condo in Ottawa.
“You just apply for your per diem for every day you’re in Ottawa and you receive an expense cheque,” Ms. Redman said. “You make a choice; either you’re using it for your meals or you’re applying it to your mortgage.”
This means MPs in Ottawa four days a week during the time the House of Commons sits can get more than $17,000 a year in the form of meal money to use to pay their mortgages. And it is absolutely, unquestionably and inarguably wrong...
The point is this: (a) Taxpayers should not be helping an MP build real estate equity at the same time he or she is getting a wage three times higher than the national average, and (b) it is indefensible to take mortgage subsidy money when all our constituents are paying their loans with after-tax dollars, and (c) how the heck are MPs ever going to understand the need for tax relief and the pressures placed on family finances today when they are insulated from the real world?
The secret committee that made this decision is comprised of M.P.'s of all political stripes, and you can see that the opposition in total outweighs the Conservative members. Since it is secret, there is no public disclosure of how each member has voted.
Lots of links related to this story, including the Vancouver Sun, and the Toronto Star. At the very least, I think the public should be allowed access to the voting record.
Love him or hate him, Garth keeps things interesting!
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Update: TrustOnlyMulder says Garth is wrong.