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Bev Oda: Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire

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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4:08PM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

3:20PM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

I'm not gonna be popular for saying this.
I don't defend expensing the air purifier, nor a public official continuing to smoke in a place where it's illegal, but -
I'm tired of being discriminated against whenever I travel. Just try to find a room that allows smoking. Usually it means the dumpiest accommodations in town.
So, I started my own business from home where I can be left in peace, and don't travel or eat out much. I can do without the literal hassling, thank you very much.

2:55PM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

She can smoke outside the buildings like every other smoker.

1:26PM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

Minister for International Cooperation! hahahaha

11:58AM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

I have recently quit smoking ( have a month under my belt!), so I can attest first hand to how stubborn and demanding that addiction really is. That being said, however, she is a public figure with duties toward a nation, one of which includes UPHOLDING the law. When one has been GIVEN the privilege of being in a position of RESPONSIBILITY, then that person cannot act as she/he pleases. Smoking is not only harmful to the smoker, but to those around him/her - and i fail to see why taxpayers' money should indulge this habit and enable a blatant disregard of the Law. Let's hope no other politicians follow in her wake.

7:05AM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

Well she's now gone..but with a hearty pension that we will be taxed to give her...poli-tics..many-parasites...

5:49AM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

Oh Bev! You're such a jerk.

5:18AM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

Addiction is addiction. It always sneaks into first place in a person's priorities.

4:38AM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

No surprise.

Politicians always feel they have a privilege and are not afraid to exercise it especially at taxpayer expense.

2:22AM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

Thanks for the article.

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