Ironically, Defence Minister’s employees stayed at much cheaper hotels than their boss at the same Istanbul Ceylon Intercontinental, the Canadian Taxpayer Federation found. The accompanying staff stayed in $276-per-night rooms at the InterContinental.
NDP MP Pat Martin said: “Peter is becoming this Parliament’s crown prince of pork. This government is broke. We can’t have a globe-trotting Minister of Defence, living in the lap of luxury like some kind of a Gucci-shoes Conservative gadfly from the 1980s.”
On the other hand, MacKay defended the Munich bill as the cost of staying close to a major 2010 security conference he was attending in the German city.
He said: “Canada books rooms at the same hotel where the conference takes place, where the majority of participants stay. Nation-to-nation meetings at conferences such as this advance the interests of Canada and advance the interests of the hardworking men and women who serve our country around the world. I was proud to represent Canada.”
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