Opposition again blames MacKay for tidy spending

Once again, Peter MacKay has been accused for spending public dollars too generously. Bills show that Defence Minister MacKay spent $1,452-per-night stay at a luxury hotel in Munich and a $770-per-night bill for accommodation in Istanbul during the last year, while all these were tagged as travel expense.

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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