Patty Hajdu, Minister of the Status of Women, has decided that instead of renovating a building where her department is located, she’ll spend $1.1 million building a new office suite.
The renovation would have cost $400,000, saving the public $600,000. According to documents obtained by the Canadian Press, she knew that she would receive public backlash but went ahead with the decision anyway.
Worse yet, the costs were fast tracked even though it wasn’t known how the construction was going to be paid for because Status of Women didn’t have the money for it and plans changed several times since they were drafted before knowing how many people the space needed to accommodate.
The documents reveal Hajdu complained that the renovations were taking too long, saying it “takes less time to build a house.”
The head of the agency, Meena Ballantyne, confirmed the sense of entitlement when she said the Minister has a “right” to a nice office. She justified the cost by referencing the whopping $835,000 the Liberals spent renovating Minister Amarjeet Sohi’s new office.
This story broke over the weekend but I don’t expect the Trudeau funded CBC to give it the same coverage that they devoted to then conservative Minister Bev Oda’s $16 glass of orange juice.
Maybe they’ll even send out tweets defending the Liberals like they did when Sohi’s extravagant office spending hit the news.
Either way, we can all look forward to the Liberal spin on this one.