Gov. Gen. Mary Simon and her friends racked up a virtually $100,000 catering invoice throughout their flights to and from the Center East from March 16 to 24.
In accordance with an order paper query put forth by Conservative MP Michael Barrett, Simon and her 29 friends, who travelled to London, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait and again, spent $93,117.89 on board the federal government’s CC-150 Polaris plane.
In the course of the journey, Simon was a visitor of honour at Expo 2020 in Dubai. She was additionally slated to tour Camp Canada on the Ali Al Salem Air Base in Kuwait and meet with members of the Canadian Armed Forces on the Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar.
Barrett’s submission required the federal government handy over varied particulars of flights aboard the CC-150 Polaris – together with quantity of gasoline used and amount of cash spent on gasoline – between Dec. 1, 2021 and April 26, 2022.
“We all the time need transparency from the federal government on what their prices are for worldwide journey, notably at a time when Canadians have been unable to journey and are experiencing a price of residing disaster,” he informed CTV Information Channel’s Energy Play on Tuesday.
The price of gasoline for the journey got here in at $248,127.02.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland and 58 others amassed $57,401.56 in catering prices whereas travelling to London, Riga, Berlin, Warsaw, and again between March 5 and March 11. Their gasoline invoice was $195,265.47.
Throughout one other journey to Europe, Trudeau and 47 others racked up a $46,018.07 catering invoice with $114,255.83 spent on gasoline.
Rideau Corridor’s director of communications Natalie Babin Dufresne offered an announcement to CTV Information relating to the catering prices throughout Simon’s journey to the Center East.
“The Governor Basic undertakes official and state visits overseas on request by the Prime Minister, and in assist of Canada’s worldwide diplomatic aims. The Canadian Armed Forces are answerable for offering transportation throughout these visits and as such are answerable for all selections referring to catering on these flights,” the emailed response reads.
Barrett mentioned whereas he understands the essential work heads of state conduct abroad, it’s additionally vital to think about the “degree of luxurious” they’re having fun with.
“They weren’t on the aircraft the entire time, we don’t know what their prices have been at vacation spot. We’re speaking about simply what they have been consuming in-flight,” he mentioned. “For a lot of Canadians [the amount] exceeds their family earnings per 12 months and so they spent it on a single journey.”