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FREE LUNCH OVER FOR MEM­BERS OF PAR­LIA­MENT

- Politics · Canadian House of Commons · British House of Commons · Bloc Quebecois · Statistics Canada · Metropolitan Police Service · Alain Therrien

MPS will have to go with­out a free lunch. Mem­bers of the House of Com­mons af­fairs com­mit­tee has adopted a pro­posal from Bloc Québé­cois MP Alain Ther­rien, pic­tured, to sus­pend all-ex­pense-paid meal trays at hear­ings, ac­cord­ing to Black­lock’s Re­porter. “Dur­ing COVID-19, you know some peo­ple are los­ing their jobs,” Ther­rien said. “Some peo­ple are go­ing through real dif­fi­cul­ties, so I think we should re­move the lunches and just get our own.” Sta­tis­tics Canada’s lat­est Labour Force Sur­vey says just over two mil­lion Cana­di­ans are un­em­ployed. Ther­rien said MPS shouldn’t be chow­ing down on free food dur­ing a pan­demic and re­ces­sion. “If MPS want to eat a meal, they can pay for it them­selves,” Ther­rien said. Lib­eral MP Ruby Sa­hota, chair of the com­mit­tee, agreed, say­ing MPS “ab­so­lutely” should sup­ply their own lunches.

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