Cabinet Ministers' and Opposition Leaders' Expenses Review

The Integrity Commissioner reviews the travel, meal, hospitality and hotel expenses of cabinet ministers, parliamentary assistants, opposition leaders and people employed in their offices. The Office determines whether those expenses are allowable under the Cabinet Ministers' and Opposition Leaders’ Expenses Review and Accountability Act, 2002.
 
For cabinet ministers, parliamentary assistants and their staff, travel, meal, hospitality, hotel (and similar types of accommodation) expenses incurred in the performance of a ministerial/parliamentary assistant duty or function are reviewable if a claim was made for payment of the expense out of consolidated revenue.

For opposition leaders and their staff, expenses incurred for travel, meal, hospitality, hotel (and similar types of accommodation) are reviewable if a claim was made for payment of the expense to the Legislative Assembly. A claim for payment pertaining to caucus-related or constituency work as a member of the Assembly is not governed by this Act.

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An expense is an “allowable expense” if it is reasonable and appropriate in the circumstances and if it meets the standards set out in the Rules Governing the Expenses of Cabinet Ministers, Opposition Leaders and Other Persons.

Ministers or executive assistants/chiefs of staff, where delegated by the minister, are responsible for approving expenses, ensuring compliance with the rules. Opposition leaders are responsible for designating a senior person in their office to approve expenses to ensure adherence to the rules.

The Commissioner provides advice on compliance with the rules and can request further information in relation to a claim, initiate an inquiry, order repayment or recommend other remedial action if, in the Commissioner’s opinion, an expense is not allowable.

An annual report is tabled with the Speaker with respect to the review of expenses for cabinet ministers, parliamentary assistants, opposition leaders and their staff during the previous fiscal year and can include the names of those who fail to comply with the Commissioner’s direction.

 

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