MP Larry Miller Receives Order Paper Response – Relocation Expenses for Ministerial Staff

September 21, 2016

MP Larry Miller Receives Order Paper Response – Relocation Expenses for Ministerial Staff

 

Ottawa, ON – Recently, the Government tabled a response to several questions that Larry Miller, Member of Parliament for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, had placed on the Order Paper at the end of the last session of Parliament.

 

On June 8th, 2016, Miller placed several questions on the Order Paper (the official agenda of the House of Commons). MPs may place questions on the Order Paper related to any topic within the jurisdiction of the Federal Government and require that the Government table a response in the House of Commons within 45 days.

 

Documents tabled in the House in response to Mr. Miller’s questions have revealed that the Government has spent approximately $1.1 million to move 49 staffers to Ottawa. The documents show that $373,921 was spent on moving services and $52,777 was spent on hotel rooms. However, there is about $685,118 in expenses that remains unexplained. Furthermore, the response also shows that one staffer in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) billed taxpayers $126,669 for moving expenses.

 

“These expenses are way out of line and should never have been approved,” said Miller. “Even if the Government was moving a staffer from Iqaluit by dog sled there is no possible way that over $126,000 in expenses could be incurred to move a single individual to Ottawa. It truly demonstrates how out of touch this Government is. They feel much too entitled to their ‘entitlements’.”

 

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