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Manitoba MP's use of taxpayer dollars for a family trip underscores the need for greater accountability



The Manitoba MP's use of taxpayer dollars for a family trip underscores the need for greater accountability for elected officials at all levels of government.


In the private sector, she likely would have been terminated.


In recent news, Canadians learned about a troubling incident involving NDP MP Niki Ashton, who charged taxpayers for a family trip to Quebec during the Christmas holidays. This event underscores the urgent need for greater accountability among elected officials at all levels of government.


Parliamentary travel records revealed that Ashton was in Ottawa for four days. She flew from Thompson to Ottawa a week after the House of Commons had adjourned for its Christmas break in 2022. To add fuel to the fire, she took her partner Bruce Moncur, a former NDP nomination candidate, and their two children.


The family then travelled to Quebec City on Christmas Day, with Ashton billing the House of Commons for a number of expenses. The total cost to taxpayers amounted to $17,641.12, which included $13,619.90 for airfare, other transportation costs, accommodations, and $1,512.83 for meals and other incidentals.


Read more in at the Winnipeg Sun, click here.


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