There’s a regulation for Ontario MPP’s that states that if the riding they represent is more than 50 kilometres from Toronto, they are entitled to claim a housing allowance for accommodation in Toronto.
It makes sense; you can’t expect an MPP from Sudbury to commute to Toronto every day.
The problem is, 16 MPP’s who live close to Toronto also claim the housing allowance.
Included in that number are four Hamilton MPP’s, Paul Miller, Monique Taylor, Andrea Horwath and Ted McMeekin, all of whom claimed about $20,000 each, so they could have a Toronto apartment.
That means that taxpayers are footing the bill to the tune of about $80,000 so these local MPP’s don’t have to go through the trauma of a daily commute to work.
It takes about an hour to drive from Hamilton to downtown Toronto and since these Hamilton MPP’s don’t seem to grasp the concept of commuting, we should remind them that there are also GO trains and GO buses that run every hour.
Thousands of Hamilton area residents get up early every day and commute to jobs in the GTA but apparently, our Hamilton MPP’s would rather dip into our pockets to pay for Toronto apartments , rather than do the same.
These MPP’s get paid a pretty good buck and they have very generous expense accounts; but when they abuse the system at taxpayers expense because they feel entitled to their entitlements, we should all be outraged.