OTTAWA | During her trip to the Middle East in March, the governor-general and her court were treated to meals that cost more than $200 each, excluding alcohol.
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These are the explanations of the national defense at the request of the protocol.
The Army says the total bill ended up being “only” $80,367.19 excluding alcohol, not $93,117.89 as previously declared in the House of Commons.
“$93,117.89 was an estimate. This was the expected cost before we received and calculated the actual final and total cost after receiving the invoices. Actual cost after invoicing is $80,367.19,” states National Defense at protocol.
But “$80,000 is no longer acceptable,” complains curator Gérard Deltell.
Worse than we thought
In addition, the note contains no alcohol and does not count eight days of voyage, but rather three dinners, three lunches, two dinners and snacks for the governor general, her 29 guests and the 17 members of the cabin crew. , National Defense said.
This works out to an average of $213.75 per person per meal, assuming flight attendants eat the same as passengers. What did they eat for such a sum?
No one from the Viceroy’s Office, National Defense, or Global Affairs Canada answered this question from The newspaper.
“I am shocked. It’s even worse than we thought,” fears Bloc MP Alain Therrien, who tabled two motions in the House of Representatives on Thursday to shed light on those numbers and the rest of the spending accrued.
The Bloc Québécois is asking that the Queen’s representative answer questions from the Public Finance Committee and that the Comptroller General examine her spending since her appointment.
Who has benefited?
The full list of 29 guests was also not provided, as requested by the official opposition.
“Why does she need 29 people? Who are these people? asks Mr. Therrien.
Only 17 names, including that of Mary Simon, appear in the documents provided, including three Global Affairs Canada employees. The purpose of her presence has not been clarified by Minister Mélanie Joly’s office.
As for the 13 missing names, the office of Mme Simon refused to make them available to him protocolwho referred us again to the National Defense, who asked us to send a bottle to the sea by requesting access to information.