VICTORIA — B.C.’s parliamentary secretary for poverty reduction billed taxpayers $61 a day for meals during a welfare food challenge in which she’d promised poverty groups she’d live on only $19 a week.

Mable Elmore, the NDP MLA for Vancouver-Kensington, quickly announced Wednesday that she would repay $244 in meal allowances she claimed in November 2017 when she had voluntarily signed up to a welfare food challenge and agreed to try to live like others at the poverty line.

“I’m confident that I followed the rules and the expenses are claimed as a matter of course, submitted by the staff,” Elmore told reporters. “But in the spirit of the welfare challenge I’ve decided to pay back the per diems for that week.”

The repayment came just a few hours after Elmore was caught out by the Opposition Liberals during Question Period at the legislature. The Liberals had matched Elmore’s publicly available food-allowance report with tweets she’d made during the poverty challenge, including one where she shared a picture of two hard-boiled eggs as her breakfast on Day 2 of the challenge.

Mable Elmore has repaid $244 in meal per diems she claimed during the welfare food challenge in which she had agreed to live on $19 a week.

It was an embarrassing retreat for Elmore, who had spoken in the legislature at the time last November about the difficulty of living on so little.

“I advised my family of this on the weekend, and my mother asked if she could bake some cookies for me to help me through the week, but that’s not allowed,” she told the legislature on the first day of her challenge Nov. 1, 2017. “You can’t accept any charity or any other provisions beyond your budget … I think it’s going to be a challenge, but certainly, I’m …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun – Politics


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