Is travel to big annual conferences by elected officials worth the cost?


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TOPIC INTRO - In High Prairie, Alberta, the estimated cost for local town and county councillors to travel to an annual conference this year in Halifax will be about $80,000.

This cost is, of course, paid by taxpayers. All nine of the Big Lakes County council, and two staff members, are slated to go. The not as well off Town of High Prairie plans on sending two council members.

This event is the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) annual meetings. FCM has members from across Canada so there will be a huge attendance of both elected politicians and office staff.

There is always much talk about such trips. Are they a wealth of information? Are they an excuse for a junket paid by taxpayers? Some of each? How many people should go?

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