Conservative cabinet minister Bev Oda said “I’m sorry” apologizes for moving from one swanky hotel in London to an even swankier one where the bill to the taxpayer was more than twice as high.
Ms. Oda was supposed to stay at the high end hotel last June at a British conference but she switched to the another hotel the bill for three nights cost $1,995, or $665 a night. A stay at the original hotel would have been $287 a night.
She got caught though….Oda’s office released a statement that she paid the difference of the two hotels back. Plus a $287 cancellation fee. She also paid back the cost of a $16 glass of orange juice.
But she did not pay back the nearly $1,000 a day that was spent on a luxury car and driver to shuttle her between the conference site and her new hotel. By the way, the conference was taking place at the first hotel she was going to stay at. So all she would have needed to do was get on an elevator.
Oh yeah……as she is spending disgusting amounts of tax payer money on this lavish comfort ($16 glass of OJ) you have to keep in mind that she is the cabinet minister responsible for delivering Canadian aid to the world’s poor.
If your kid came home and admitted they stole something, would you give them a round of applause? Not likely. You’d probably scold them (or more) and punish them. It will be interesting to see if her constituents will ‘punish’ her in the next election!