Bev Oda: Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire
It seems that an addiction to limousines and luxury weren’t Bev Oda‘s worst habits when it comes to spending taxpayers’ money.
Oda, who recently resigned as Minister for International Cooperation, reportedly expensed an air purifier so that she could smoke in her office – even though smoking in public buildings was banned in Ottawa long ago.
This is not the first time Oda’s smoking habit has been in the news. When reports came out that she had upgraded from one five-star hotel during an international conference to a different, more expensive five-star hotel, it was suggested that she may have made the move because of in-room smoking.
Not only did she decide it was appropriate for taxpayers to foot the bill for her smoking habit, she also apparently had no issue with exposing government employees around her office to the fumes.
Though representative from the Ministry declined comment, her opposition NDP told the Sun that this is yet another example of one rule for Stephen Harper’s Cabinet and one for everybody else.
The Sun report notes that the Ministry representative directed them to file an Access to Information request. Presumably one has already been filed to find out just how much in extravagant expenses Oda was forced to pay back before taxpayers found out about them.
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