Season for MPs, senators to travel on taxpayers' dime

It's the holiday season for most Canadians but for some lucky MPs and senators, the winter break is...

It's the holiday season for most Canadians but for some lucky MPs and senators, the winter break is junket season. REUTERS/Blair Gable

Jessica Hume, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 8:15 PM ET

OTTAWA - It's the holiday season for most Canadians but for some lucky MPs and senators, the winter break is junket season - a time when hard-working parliamentarians make a dash for the first Parliamentary Association meetings taking place in warm and often luxurious locales.

Already a group of MPs and senators has visited Puerto Rico to meet with U.S. politicians to discuss "succeeding in a time of austerity." Important topic, but it seems they didn't get the message.

Travelling with that delegation was Tory MP John Williamson - former head of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, former director of communications for Harper and hater of all things government-waste related.

Upon his triumphant return to Canada, Williamson proclaimed: "It was informative to learn about the issues that are uppermost in the minds of legislators in the eastern parts of Canada and the U.S."

Noted.


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