The Winnipeg Sun (Canada) has the
following story about Canadian MPs using frequent flyer points earned for
flying on Taxpayer funded trips for personal use.
NDP MP Pat Martin says he and his wife Barbara pay their own travel costs
when they fly to a hobby farm the couple owns on Saltspring Island, B.C.
Except for one thing.
The Winnipeg MP admits he uses
frequent flyer points — earned from taxpayer-funded trips — to subsidize
those personal expenses.
And apparently he’s not the only
MP to do so.
According to Martin, the House of Commons allows all MPs to use
their frequent flyer points for personal use, even though the points rightfully
belong to the people who paid for the flights in the first place — taxpayers.
The full story can be read here:
It’s good to see common sense prevailing here (in bold), just imagine
the issues which would brought up if governments and organizations required its
employees to use frequent flyer points earned on work trips only for future
I have been in one or two companies where this is written
policy but, it was never enforced, the way I see it you are working away from family, flying (many
cases not sleeping) during personal time, then when you get to your destination putting in additional hours above and beyond what you would do in a normal day then finally you return home to a bigger workload because no helped with any of your work while you were away. Those points are yours!
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