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MP’s Won’t Be Buying iPads With Taxpayer Dollars

by on February 19th, 2011

If members of the Canadian Parliament were expecting their shiny new iPads to be paid for with taxpayer dollars, they were sadly mistaken!

Canada’s 308 members of Parliament have been told they must dig into their own pockets if they want to buy one of the hottest tech devices on the market.

A Parliamentary committee that oversees MP spending has ruled against a proposal to let federal politicians use taxpayers cash to buy iPads.

A Parliamentary committee that oversees MP spending ruled against allowing federal politicians to use taxpayer dollars to purchase iPads. Frankly, I’m rather turned off that the idea of using taxpayer dollars was even a thought!

After the committee discussion, the board agreed to not allow the purchase of iPad devices using the member’s office budget. Instead, members must use their own money.

Mr. Proulx said plenty of MPs have bought iPads with their own money – himself included – but they have been cautioned by Hill administrators to ensure they buy an extended support warranty so they get computer help via Apple.

One of the problems for denying the use of the member’s office budget for iPad purchases was that Parliament Hill’s IT division is mostly run on Microsoft platforms and reportedly cannot offer support for the iPad. I guess the discussion had nothing to do with the ethical ideals of using tax payer dollars to purchase iPad devices!

For a future outlook, Liberal MP Marcel Proulx, a spokesman for the board, indicated that this Microsoft-only policy is expected to change in the future as the Commons IT department becomes more familiar with the iPad.

Thoughts?

[Globe And Mail]

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  • http://twitter.com/Xaroc  Xaroc

    Good… who are they any different from us? im glad they have to pay for their own stuff as we do.

  • Kenstevens

    Depends on whether you see it as a toy / entertainment device or a tool that would be beneficial for doing their jobs better / more efficiently. Ive heard some make a case that there are savings in reducing the amout of documentation and other efficiencies, but am not sure if there have been any reliable metrics on it.

  • http://twitter.com/EagleLooking78 Mike B

    They should still pay for it. They can write it off at tax time as a business expense. We already pay for their BBerries and plans.