Where in the World is Stuart Murray?

- August 11th, 2012

Raise a Little Hell is pleased to present its latest installment of Where in the World is Stuart Murray.
Murray, the CEO of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, flies around Canada on a regular basis and sometimes travels abroad on “official business.”
Naturally, taxpayers are stuck with the airline bills, the hotel costs and Murray’s meal expenditures. After all, the guy’s gotta eat.
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CMHR CEO Stuart Murray

For the the fiscal year 2011-12, Murray spent $16,840.31 of taxpayer dough to travel mostly around Canada, including trips to Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and his home province of Saskatchewan.
Murray only made one trip outside of Canada last year. That was a trip to New York to meet with Lord Cultural Resources, a cultural and museum planning group.
The trip, including meals and hotels, cost taxpayers $1,879.
Most of Murray’s trips were to Ottawa, where he hobnobbed largely with MPs, senators and senior bureaucrats.
Murray also likes to spread some of his hospitality budget around Winnipeg. But he doesn’t spend much locally. Taxpayers shelled out $1,354.34 for Murray’s local meal costs for 2011-12. He seems to favour Hu’s On First, a popular restaurant across the street from the yet-to-be-completed museum. He ate there four times last year with one other person, charging taxpayers about $40 a meal.
He likes the Velvet Glove, too, located at the Fairmont Hotel downtown. Taxpayers picked up one meal there for Murray and two other people Aug. 23, 2011 at a cost of $142.82.
Murray has been exercising some austerity in his travel and hospitality spending. He and the heads of other Crown agencies are under an order by the federal government to limit travel and hospitality expenses. Murray’s spending in 2011-12 is slightly below that of previous years. Way to go Stu!
That concludes the latest installment of Where in the World is Stuart Murray. Check back here in the coming months for more updates of where your tax dollars are going.

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9 comments

  1. Auditor Forensic says:

    We want to forensic audit Mr Stuart Murray, right now, immediately. Oh, please, let it happen. Tavel away, fly, fly fly.

    Bell (is) Ringing

  2. Dave says:

    It’s nice to know he is not spending like Oda. He is showing restrant in what he does and I aplaud him.

  3. Fact says:

    Why Stu is in the Ukraine with his assistant..Angela Cassie. on our dime

  4. Butros says:

    Dave, I guess Oda’s constituents can vote her out whereas we are not able to do that with Stu. Saying Stu’s spending is not as ridiculous as someone else’s is… well… ridiculous.

    When public money is involved, we certainly have the right to ask. How many millions of public money will be spent on staff, assistants to staff, public relations people and travel for months and years before a door even opens? People are sweating and working hard to create the wealth that pays for this monster. These people labouring, watching as a massive chunk of their paycheque gets withheld in taxes, have a right to know “Where in the World is Stuart Murray?”

  5. DK says:

    If it were up to Mr. Brodbeck there would be no Human Rights Museum (or at least no government funding for it).

    This is a non issue. under $17,000 on all travel costs is really minimal when you think of the huge undertaking that is the Human Rights Museum. Of course he needs to travel across Canada to promote this museum and even if it wasn’t on the taxpayer dime, he would likely be able to claim most of the expenses on his taxes anyway, which I’m sure Mr. Brodbeck is all for, right?!

  6. Butros says:

    DK – do you have any clue? There is a fundamental difference between private and public. If I don’t like what a private company does, I don’t support the company financially. If I don’t like what a public organization does, and I try to “not pay” by withholding taxes, I go to jail. So I am forced to support the Human Rights Museum and the CBC. So, at the very least, I deserve to know what people like Stuart Murray are doing with my money. As for your reference to private companies’ tax deductions, a tax deduction is completely different from public funding of a public organization. You should do your homework and research the difference between the two before equating one with the other.

  7. Gerri says:

    Is it any wonder the Human Rights Museum is millions of dollars over budget with all the parasites spending our money on everything for themselves before it is even built.
    Harper got suckered in and taxpayers pay the bill.

  8. Gerri says:

    DK, we live in a computer age along with libraries for all the information we could possibly want or need. No need for all that money waste traveling, hotels, food et al. It’s our dime and we are being taken advantage of. I for one will never spend a dime to visit the museum. The design is ugly and way too large and does not fit in with the Forks. Whoever designed it should be fired.

  9. jonny drama says:

    This type of reporting is absolutely bush league and counterproductive to its intended purpose. Why are we scrutinizing a man like this over such minutae (where he eats his meals) especially when there is nothing newsworthy therein (dinner for two for $40). If this city and province wants to attract the best and brightest to its public roles and its public services, ad hominem attacks of this nature will do nothing to help us. This is, to borrow from an oft-misused US-style attack, class warfare at its worst. For shame, Mr. Broderick.

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