Liberals rack up big travel and meal bills

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau celebrates the victory of Canada's olympic men's hockey team at a...

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau celebrates the victory of Canada's olympic men's hockey team at a Liberal convention in Montreal on February 23, 2014. (JOEL LEMAY/QMI AGENCY)

Daniel Proussalidis, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 1:09 PM ET

OTTAWA — Newly updated Liberal caucus travel and hospitality expenses show some pricey travel among Grit senators.

Sen. Charlie Watt billed taxpayers for $25,000 worth of travel from October to December between Ottawa and Kuujjuaq, which is in one of the most remote parts of Quebec.

Alberta Sen. Grant Mitchell charged for $23,000 in travel during the same period, much of it for meetings, including a "transgendered event" in Calgary.

The numbers also show that Ottawa-Vanier MP Mauril Belanger billed the public $961.17 for nine lunches and one dinner between October and December — often at the chic Parliamentary Restaurant.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau racked up $8,700 in travel, according to the updated numbers that appeared on the Liberal Party's website later than Trudeau's promised deadline of last week.

The Liberals began posting caucus expenses in October.

With Liberal senators now sitting as a separate caucus, their new expenses won't be included going forward.


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