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April 14, 2010

Travel expenses disclosed…

Filed under: Governance and Legal — Jocko @ 6:18 pm

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From The Tyee  online newspaper:

Your Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands and Minister of State for Sport

Gary Lunn racks up $180K in travel expenses

By Bob Mackin, Vancouver 24 hours April 13, 2010 05:44 pm

Canada’s Minister of State for Sport billed taxpayers $180,476.52 for travel expenses since Jan. 1, 2009.

Records show Gary Lunn racked up a $10,213.49 Olympic hotel bill from Feb. 4 to March 1 in Vancouver and Whistler. That’s an average $392.83 a night. By comparison, deputy minister Judith LaRocque, the federal government Olympic mission coordinator, spent $5,693.73 on 23 nights of accommodation for a nightly $247.55 average.

Lunn’s spending peaked at $46,225.64 from Sept. 2 to Dec. 1 when he attended the Olympic flame-lighting in Greece, International Olympic Committee session in Denmark and Pan American Sport Organization assembly in Mexico.

Spokeswoman Vanessa Schneider said the Victoria-area Conservative minister’s accommodation “was booked by the department in accordance with government guidelines.”

For the complete story go here:  Lunn travel expenses

1 Comment »

  1. These expenses are ABSOLUTELY scandalous! In my humble (yet rather fair) opinion, we seem to have a bunch of politicians making up their own rules as they go along. Oh yes, a holiday to Greece, an expensive hotel for the Olympics, at the expense of his constituents? Living it large! Perhaps a diamond ring for the wife or mistress, a new oil painting for the office? Where does it end?
    Yet in Gary Lunn’s recent letter to me after I wrote to him expressing my concern about the proposed (now approved) Islands Trust tax hike, Mr Lunn suggested that it would be improper for him to comment on such local issues. So what exactly does he do then? He is my local voice at a Federal level! Maybe I should also have told him I didn’t like ANY waste of taxpayers’ money at ANY level of Government – local, Provincial and also his Federal level. Do they think we are all idiots? Because I’m certainly beginning to that think they are!

    Comment by Mike Aston — April 16, 2010 @ 8:47 pm

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