PMO to pay for business travellers on Harper Mideast tour

OTTAWA – The Prime Minister’s Office says taxpayers will pay for an entourage of business people and others to accompany the PM on his Middle East visit starting this weekend.

Jason MacDonald, spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, says he doesn’t yet have a full list of those going along.

He does says air travel and some accommodation will be paid for from government coffers, but he adds he doesn’t have full details of the costs.

Harper is to spend a week in Israel, the West Bank and Jordan.

He will meet Israeli and Palestinian leaders and the king of Jordan.

Harper is also to address the Israeli Knesset, the first Canadian prime minister to do so.