Aug 18, 2016

By Jane Brown

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Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott admits transportation costs within her Markham-Stoufville riding were “too high” and “inappropriate”, and says she has “already taken steps to prevent this from occurring in the future.”

But opposition MPs are calling on her to repay the thousands of dollars in expenses claims, often for a single day of travel.

The Conservatives point to a $1700 dollar bill from March 31st from Executive Sedan Livery Service.

But her office has since revealed even higher expenses paid to the same limo service including an almost two-thousand bill for a car on the day the minister spoke at a July gathering of the Assembly of First Nations in Niagara Falls.

The limo service is owned by a volunteer on Philpott’s election campaign last year, and her office admits the minister was aware of that connection when she used the service.

The minister also paid the company more than $3600 for 20 trips to Toronto’s Pearson Airport before flying to Ottawa for ministerial business.

The limo company, Executive Sedan Livery Service Inc., says it’s willing to reimburse taxpayers.

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