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FREE LUNCH OVER FOR MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT
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.