MP’s wife uses travel for charitable activities

...many years ago Parliament determined that it is important to make it as family-friendly as possible.

Editor, The News:

Re: Show some respect, Mr. MP (Letters, Oct. 18).

In Mathew Scott’s criticism of my wife’s travel expenses, he appears to be unaware that many years ago Parliament determined that it is important to make it as family-friendly as possible.  That’s why the House of Commons allows a limited number of trips for spouses and dependents to occasionally travel with the Member of Parliament.

That provision, which I was aware of when I ran for election, recognizes that our families make important contributions to our work as Members of Parliament. That’s certainly true in my case.

Constituents might also be interested to know that much of my wife’s travel has been connected to her leadership role in the parliamentary spouses’ charitable fundraising activities. That said, I continue to look for ways to reduce my travel expenses, including fewer trips and the use of flight passes. That’s how I’ve reduced my travel expenses by almost 75 per cent.

Randy Kamp, MP

Pitt Meadows – Maple Ridge – Mission