If Bev Oda’s $16 glass of orange juice was a scandal, then surely a $17.77 order at Jamba Juice made by a staffer to International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau is worth looking into.
The cost appears in documents I obtained under the Access to Information Act, detailing expenses from the federal government’s delegation to New York City to visit the United Nations in March of this year.
The government also spent $35,482.95 to hire car services to drive people around, including a private car for Bibeau coming in at up to $552.00 per day, plus tax, fuel surcharge and tip. SUVs and drivers rented for “media advance” cost as much as $1,155.75.
Part of the Bev Oda scandal was that she had spent $1,000 per day on limousines.
For just a few days worth of travel, the government spent $5,443.60 on gratuities and $2,041.35 on fuel surcharges to just the car company, not to mention other expenses on the trip.
Like, for example, a $304 flower arrangement to spruce up a meeting room.
I’ll take you through the expenses on this trip.