Can there be too much travelling for constituency business?
 
Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville MLA Jessica Littlewood will be reimbursed $34,800 for mileage expenses from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018.
 
"I believe that representation matters. Sometimes it's not good enough to just have someone send a letter to be read out. It's more important for someone to be there in person to have that connection."
 
Littlewood mentioned she's been to over 35 events so far this July.
 
"Summer in rural Alberta is really busy," Littlewood added.
 
The reimbursement value is set at 43.5 cents per kilometre, meaning she drove roughly around 80,000 kilometres.
 
"Showing up and sharing what happens out in our constituency is really important to me. It's not just because their work is important, but it's important to communicate things back to the government because that's how we get things done."
 
Littlewood travelled nearly 30,000 kilometres more than any other MLA in Alberta. Her closest were UCP MLAs Nathan Cooper (Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills) and Drew Barnes (Cypress-Medicine Hat), each claiming about 50,000 kilometres.
 
"When I was first elected, I was told that the last MLA Jacquie Fenske was everywhere and so I wanted to make sure people didn't feel that they had lost any sort of service."
 
Little addressed the matter in Facebook post titled "Have truck. Will drive." Read her full post below.
 
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