06/22/2015 17:45 EDT | Updated 06/22/2016 01:12 EDT

Clement extending federal travel, hospitality rules to Crown corporations

OTTAWA - The Harper government is attempting to boost its credibility as a manager of the public purse by tightening up travel and hospitality spending at Crown corporations.Treasury Board President Tony Clement said Monday that he's been made aware of irresponsible expenditures on travel, hospitality and conferences.As a result, the government is seeking to extend an existing tool designed to curb spending at federal institutions so that it also includes Crown corporations, he said in a statement.The move, he added, would ensure Crown corporations have the same oversight guidelines as public service employees."While Crown corporations do manage their own expenses, Canadians expect them to be transparent and accountable," Clement said.For example, he said, the government has saved millions of dollars in recent years by cutting down travel expenses through the use of virtual conferencing tools.