Canada is a land of contrasts; a big country with a relatively small population; distinctly North American in some ways, it wraps French descended Quebecois and British with newer waves of cultural influence. It seldom makes waves on the international stage; however, to some, its relatively wholesome image is out of character with the fact that it is the location of an expenses scandal…
…but nonetheless that is precisely what has emerged recently. There’s a bit of a stink emanating from the expenses of Canadian Minister of International Cooperation Bev Oda (No pun intended).
When attending a conference on immunisation of poor children in London last year, the Canadian delegation was booked into the venue, a 5 star hotel. However she was unhappy with the establishment’s No Smoking policy and sought alternative accommodation at The Savoy, no less. 3 days at this top people’s pad were expensed at CAD $1,995 and a glass of OJ was put through at a cool $16.
The difference in cost between the delegation venue and The Savoy was eventually reimbursed by Oda after the expenses were made public and the Canadian opposition party homed in on the inappropriate behaviour of the cabinet minister. Apparently $1,000 in limo charges associated with the trip has not been repaid.
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