Thursday, October 06, 2005

Politicians get break at the pump

What's good for them ought to be good for the rest of us.

MPs and public servants have been quietly awarded a 10-per-cent increase in their car travel allowances in response to soaring gas prices as the government refuses to cut federal fuel taxes to help the driving public.

The travel allowance increase, to 50.6 cents per kilometre from 46 cents for MPs, with a similar range for public servants, would result in a travel allowance of $400 for a return trip by car from Ottawa to Toronto, excluding costs for meals and lodging.

The increase came to light in a memo Commons Speaker Peter Milliken circulated to MPs yesterday, alerting them to the fact their travel allowances would rise to match Treasury Board rates for bureaucrats that the government increased last Saturday.

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