MP Motions to Review Governor General’s Travel Expenses Since 2015 After Being Misled About $100,000 Catering Bill

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Bloc Québécois MP Julie Vignola motioned to telephone up much witnesses and spell done each of Gov. Gen. Mary Simon’s travel expenses since 2015 aft being misled by witnesses who tried to downplay a Middle East travel that whitethorn person outgo astir $100,000 successful catering.

Vignola said she received astir 500 emails from taxpayers who were upset astir the spending, and Conservative MP Kelly McCauley said helium received astir 1,300 successful 1 day.

Vignola requested 3 meetings with witnesses from the Department of National Defense, Department of Foreign Affairs Trade and Development, Department of Canadian Heritage, and Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

She said that the committee should beryllium fixed a study astir accommodation costs, catering costs, caterer costs, question costs, information costs, and the outgo of intoxicant and drinks. She said the accusation should bespeak the fig of radical successful each delegation.

“After our committee meeting, we were made alert of details by mode of a paper … They couldn’t springiness america the accusation due to the fact that they didn’t person the accusation astatine their disposal. And yet, a paper got their hands connected the accusation precise quickly,” Vignola said, referring to the details astir the expenses that the National Post obtained by an entree to accusation petition to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

“How is it that prepared folks, competent folks, would look earlier our committee without those figures astatine manus and yet a paper got their hands connected them?” Vignola said earlier telling the committee that the expenses since 2015 should beryllium gone implicit with a “fine bony comb” truthful taxpayers cognize however their wealth was spent.

“I conscionable privation to debar this concern occurring again successful the future. This is taxpayers’ money, and our taxpayers person occupation making ends meet,” Vignola added.

McCauley said the 2 witnesses that testified successful September “either mistakenly misinformed, misled this committee, oregon purposely misled this committee.”

In an interrogation with the National Post, Vignola referred to the witnesser grounds arsenic “disinformation by omission.”

“We were told [they were] the aforesaid meals we get connected Air Canada, and that’s surely not the case,” McCauley said successful an interrogation with National Post. “That’s wherefore I asked if it was filet mignon, and they said, ‘no, it’s regular food!’ Well, beef wellington is not regular food.”

Although redacted successful galore places, invoices obtained by the National Post revealed galore extravagant purchases.

Epoch Times Photo Gov. Gen. Mary Simon inspects members of the Guard of Honour comprised of 50 members of the Maritime Forces Pacific, astatine the legislature successful Victoria, B.C., connected May 20, 2022. (Chad Hipolito/The Canadian Press)

They said the invoices showed it was $7,657.06 to banal the level for the trip’s archetypal leg, wherever they picked up Simon successful the UK. At this point, the measure included $230 successful angiosperm arrangements, $984 worthy of Flow-brand boxed water, $165 successful citrus and lime slices, and $128 for Perrier water. Passengers had the prime of chickenhearted tikka masala oregon apple-stuffed pork tenderloin with roasted squash and sautéed brussels sprouts.

Then from the UK to Dubai, which was a seven-hour flight, passengers could take omelettes oregon crepes for meal and past either chickenhearted scallopini successful a creamy mushroom achromatic vino simplification oregon beef Wellington for lunch.

Leaving Dubai, it outgo $16,276.75 to banal the level with food. Some of the repast options were beef carpaccio, linguine, and roast vegetables. A peculiar petition for arugula and chaotic atom crockery was $247 positive a $329 “concierge fee” for buying to bargain the ingredients.

“Breakfast during the 30-minute formation from Dubai to Doha to conscionable the Emir of Qatar was a airy matter for passengers … either yogurt oregon smoked salmon bagels,” according to National Post, portion Simon and her hubby had “a china-plated prime of masala omelette with chickenhearted sausages and sautéed potatoes, oregon scrambled eggs with turkey sausage and hash browns.”

Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Commander Lieutenant-General Eric Kenny told the committee that determination are “challenges” with planetary catering connected flights owed to “very constricted choices arsenic to who we tin cater with.” He said immoderate countries person overmuch higher nutrient prices than others.

Kenny said that catering companies bash not interruption down costs for paper items and that the terms they get to spot is wide costs.

The politician general’s caput Christine MacIntyre told MPs astatine the committee gathering connected Sept. 22 that she was connected the formation with Simon and “the meals fixed are the types you would get connected a commercialized flight.”

“The costs were truly shocking to each of us,” she said. “We had eggs, we had omelettes.”

Vignola’s question was approved connected Oct. 6, with the witnesses acceptable to attest successful November and the implicit documents without thing blackout retired submitted to the committee by the extremity of the month.

Peter Wilson contributed to this report.

David Wagner


David Wagner is an Epoch Times newsman based successful Winnipeg.