May 24, 2015


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Welch's Gripe Juice

Judy in the sky with Air Miles

Colin Craig at the Canadian Taxpayers Federation just put out a press release demanding to know how mayoral candidate Judy Wasylycia-Leis spent more than $2 million in the last decade as an MP.

I absolutely agree with my favourite taxpayer that Ottawa needs to do a better job detailing how MPs spend their fairly sizeable budgets. What they release now is so general as to be useless. It’s big aggregates like "printing" and "office lease" rather than the kind of embarrassing specifics that tubed the careers of many British MPs recently.

Having said that, I don’t think $2 million over a decade is excessive, especially when it includes staff salaries and travel to and from Ottawa.

And, just last week I was at a conference about fetal alcohol spectrum disorder where a Winnipeg teacher noted that Judy quietly donated some of her Air Miles so a student with FASD could accept a big achievement award in Seattle.

So, not exactly on par with moat-cleaning, I’d bet. But only full and detailed disclosure – for all MPs – will tell for sure.

 

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