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A glass of orange juice that shall live in infamy


If you’re planning a trip to London, International Development Minister Bev Oda has some tips.

Oda was originally supposed to stay at the Grange St. Paul’s Hotel, site of the conference on international immunizations she was attending. Instead, she had staff rebook her into the posh Savoy overlooking the Thames, an old favourite of royalty and currently owned by Prince Alwaleed of Saudi Arabia…

The bill for three nights at the Savoy last June set back taxpayers $1,995, or $665 a night. The government still had to pay for a night at the hotel she rejected, costing an additional $287. An orange juice Oda expensed from the Savoy cost $16.

Today’s math problem: If the government cancelled the F-35 purchase and reallocated that money to the ministerial travel budget, how many more nights at the Savoy could the Harper government afford?


A glass of orange juice that shall live in infamy

  1. Milton Friedman ~
    There are four ways in which you can spend money. You can spend your own money on yourself. When you do that, why then you really watch out what you’re doing, and you try to get the most for your money. Then you can spend your own money on somebody else. For example, I buy a birthday present for someone. Well, then I’m not so careful about the content of the present, but I’m very careful about the cost. 

    Then, I can spend somebody else’s money on myself. And if I spend somebody else’s money on myself, then I’m sure going to have a good lunch! Finally, I can spend somebody else’s money on somebody else. And if I spend somebody else’s money on somebody else, I’m not concerned about how much it is, and I’m not concerned about what I get. And that’s government. And that’s close to 40% of our national income.

  2. Buut Treasury Board guidelines say you can stay at a more expensive hotel when it’s the site of the conference you’re attending…oh, wait….

  3. $16 sounds reasonable if we’re including the full life cycle costs of the orange juice.

    • Oh that is THE comment of the month!

      Thanks for that!

  4. nothing about the #cocaine that she likely used (the whole #cpc seem like that coked-out douchebag at a BBQ who tries to sell you Amway)

    •  The reality of the CPC is bad enough without these kind of unfounded accusations.

  5. I’m sick of Oda et al, taking advantage of their positions.  If harper would deal with his miscreant ministers, perhaps they wouldn’t keep overindulging themselves on our dime.  But he does NOT deal with it, and so on it goes.

    Where’s the photo of her in her goodfella shades sucking on a butt?  Time to haul that one out again — our lovely role modelling minister, showing the kids how it’s done. 

    • The really sad part is that the Ministers are the cream of the crop! Imagine what the backbenchers must be like…

  6. The vodka is free? If so, $16 seems about right.

  7. The Savoy has smoking rooms. The Grange does not. That’s all you need to know.

  8. oda’s untouchable in this regime.  “Demote me, Stephen, and I tell everyone who ordered the forgery to the KAIROS documents.” 

    • ‘Twould be nice if her constituents recognized her as too much of an asshat and voted for someone else.  Since she has Steve’s ‘loyalty’ all tied up.

  9. “Some Animals are more equal than Others “NOT

  10. That’s Lady Oda to you unwashed members of the underclasses. Entitled to her entitlements.

  11. I’m glad she did this.  It’s kind of like Harold Prins – the Alberta MLA who collected $60,000 as chairman of the ‘no-meet’ committee in Alberta.  When asked if he would return the money, as suggested, he said NO, why should he – he had done nothing wrong.  The fact that he had done nothing at all to earn that money did not even register on his internal radar.

    Alberta’s newly minted Prins-of-Thieves soon discovered there was no way he was about to win another election, so he retired.  But he certainly played a major role in ending the 41 year PC dynasty in Alberta.

    Bev Oda is just another Harold Prins, like Peter Mackay and Tony “Gazebo” Clements.

    Tick, tick, tick…

    •  Yet each of those three have been handsomely rewarded for their greed and duplicity.

      • It’s enough to make one wonder what the dirty secrets are that they are blackmailing the PM with. Because they sure aren’t holding on to those jobs through competence…

        •  I think it’s the reverse – harper has taken all the last PC leadership candidates, forced them to do cretinous things that would destroy their reputation, but promised them amnesty from consequences and for Clement, as much $ as they needed to spend to get the riding.

          • Ooh – supremely Machiavellian! You may be on to something…

    • But he certainly played a major role in ending the 41 year PC dynasty in Alberta.

      So I had crow for dinner last night. I’m amazed at the results. I thought it would be a minority gov’t for sure. Don’t know how good this is.