Canada's Environment Minister won't say what sort of non-governmental activists she's flown around the globe at the expense of Canadians.
The shocking lack of accountability was revealed in the answer to order paper question Q-2144 from Alberta conservative member of Parliament, Kevin Sorenson.
Order papers compel the government to answer detailed questions posed by the opposition within 45 days.
In this case, Sorenson asked:
“With regard to the $177,718.18 spent by Environment and Climate Change Canada on Non-public servant travel – Key Stakeholders (object code 0262) during the 2017-18 fiscal year: (a) what are the names of the “key stakeholders” who received funds under this expenditure; (b) how much did each “key stakeholder” receive; and (c) what was the destination and purpose of each trip related to each expenditure?”
“Mr. Speaker, Environment and Climate Change Canada does not have specific coding to track information related to Question Q-2144.”
Is it David Suzuki? Is it Tzeporah Berman?
Good Lord, is it Al Gore?
We have all travelled. There are receipts, booking numbers in the traveller’s name, and endless emails involved. The ministry has the same paper trail that the rest of us do when we hop a flight to anywhere.
But they know how mad we would be if we knew who they were.