Savoie hopes prime minister will steal her bill

Victoria New Democrat MP Denise Savoie has told Public Eye she thinks the prime minister’s office may be interested in her transportation bill. In an interview, Ms. Savoie said, “I’m hoping that the Conservative government steals this bill and incorporates it into the budget. And I’m told, by unnamed sources, that there’s been an interest by the PMO’s office.”

Against a backdrop of about a dozen supporters, many of them wearing bicycle gear, Ms. Savoie yesterday asked hurrying students and faculty members at the University of Victoria’s bus loop to support her Commuter Choices Bill, which passed its first reading in 2009, prior to prorogation.

Part of the federal New Democrats’ national transit strategy, the bill would exempt “employer-provided transportation benefits,” up to $150 for public transit, $150 for parking in the case of carpools or parking near public transit access or $240 for bicycle upkeep, from the Income Tax Act.

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