Cutting the pork in parliament, right!
I am not saying that the Liberal government was any different, but something I constantly heard from Tory pundits over the course of the election was how the Conservatives would cut the pork in Ottawa and strive for a smaller, more efficient government.
So they answer the call by raising MPs expense allowances by 20% just before they break for the summer. That is a $24,000 a year expense account per MP. If I am reading the news correctly, this may or may not include $75.40 a day for meals and incidentals (chewing gum for Dingwall remember) and an increase to $0.47 a km for MPs driving their own cars to work. MP salaries are already 34% higher than they were only 6 years ago, in 2000 at $147,000 a year.
Maybe they should rent apartments instead of staying at hotels like the Radisson for $89 a night... or even better, they could get a lucrative tax credit by riding the public transit to work.