Archive for May, 2012

Bev Oda backtracks on travel expenses

- May 31st, 2012

International Cooperation Minister Bev Oda appears to have  paid taxpayers back for more than a $16 orange juice and her stay at the Savoy.

But she’s keeping her lips zipped over the details.

In the House Thursday, opposition MPs peppered Oda with questions over why her publicly available past travel expenses have been amended online, including trips to East Africa and Haiti.

From NDP MP Charlie Angus in Question Period – (Oda) was caught hiding outrageous limo expenses. She has been caught and had to pay back for her rock star trip to London. Now we find she has been changing the travel claims for her latest round of trips.

Canadians play by the rules, but the government seems to think it is above it. My simple question is, what is the minister trying to hide this time?

Oda’s stock response (aided in later questions by House Leader Peter Van Loan):  Mr. Speaker, all incremental costs that should not have been expensed, including extraneous car service, et cetera, have been repaid. Only appropriate expenses, eligible expenses have been paid by the government.

That’s good to know.



The MP for Self Esteem rises… laboriously

- May 30th, 2012

Britain’s All Party Parliamentary Group on Body Image just recommended making “appearance-based discrimination” a legal offence under the Equalities Act of 2010.

Now I know what you’re thinking. Why on earth is there a Parliamentary Group on Body Image?

Read more…

The case of the mysterious body parts

- May 30th, 2012

Update: The body parts were mailed from Montreal…

Prime Time recap, May 30

- May 30th, 2012

A rare profile of Laureen Harper

- May 30th, 2012

Laureen Harper

Our very own Alexandra Gunn sat down with Stephen Harper’s wife for a wide-ranging, personal interview. I am a big fan of Mrs. Harper. She is always gracious and friendly and upbeat. Very real, too. Here’s my favourite quote from that interview:

AG: Aside from running, what are some of the things you do to stay healthy?
LH: I try to eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Well…we try (laughs). I think snacks should be snacks, but we try to stick with fruits and vegetables and then we have one day a week where we cheat. Salt-and-vinegar potato chips are the perfect cheat food. I want the whole bag, which is why I hate those 100-calorie bags – there are only four chips in there!

She’s right, you know.