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Parliamentarians can no longer send free partisan mail-outs into their opponents' ridings or use as many free envelopes as they wish.

The moves were approved Monday by the Board of Internal Economy of the House of Commons, which was responding to complaints that MPs are wasting taxpayers' funds for partisan purposes.

In a long-standing tradition, MPs can use public funds to send mail-outs to 10 per cent of the residences in their riding whenever they want. However, MPs recently started using the tool to send massive amounts of partisan mail into their opponents' ridings.

Liberal MP Marcel Proulx, who is a spokesman for the board, said Monday that starting on April 1, MPs will only be able to send 10-per-centers in their own ridings. He added that from now on, MPs will get a maximum of three prepaid envelopes per mailing address in their riding. Mr. Proulx said the annual savings, just in terms of paper and printing cost, will total $5.1-million.

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