“Minister Patty Hajdu, a rookie MP, doesn’t blink at expensing $1.1 million for the taxpayers to build her a new suite of offices that were unnecessary.”
Totally ridiculous and unacceptable…
Those who loathe the idea of political entitlement no doubt long for the not-too-distant days when a $16 glass of orange juice was symbolic enough to bounce a cabinet minister out of office.
One almost misses the sight of Bev Oda, the Harperites’ former heritage minister, standing alone in the cold outside Parliament Hill, chain-smoking her cigarettes like a pariah.
The orange juice, ordered in 2011 at London’s posh Savoy Hotel while at a conference on child immunization, was the straw that broke Oda’s spending-habits back, much more than the $250 she was fined for smoking in a non-smoking room, or renting limousines.
It was bad optics, and the prime minister of the day, Stephen Harper, would have no more of it.
So Oda banished herself by resigning, insisting it was her call.
Today, however, the sense of entitlement adopted by the Trudeau Liberals seems to know no bounds, when someone like Status for Women Minister Patty Hajdu, a rookie MP, doesn’t blink at expensing $1.1 million for the taxpayers to build her a new suite of offices that were unnecessary.
The fact she signed off on this shortly after she was sworn in, only makes it more egregious.
The reason she wanted this suite of offices?
Basically, she didn’t want to have to cross the street from one lesser office to another
Oh, she was cautioned that the expense would not go down well, but according to documents obtained by the Canadian Press, senior management nonetheless fast-tracked the renovations without even knowing how they were going to pay for it.
Up until her election in 2015, for a bit of ironic context, Hajdu ran the largest homeless shelter in Thunder Bay.
Once she was in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet, it was apparently Patty Hajdu’s time to bask in the largesse of the Canadian taxpayer with fancy digs befitting her new station.
This is not Trudeau’s fault, of course, at least not directly. But it will become part of a mounting price he will pay down the political road for allowing members of his cabinet to operate at arm’s length from him, as if they can all automatically be trusted with taxpayers’ money.
Harper, by comparison, was both a micro-manager of cabinet office expenses, as well as a tightwad.
Hajdu’s defence was that her Status for Women’s office had to be in the same building as Heritage Canada, the bureaucracy that oversees both.
“Governing is actually about making the best decision for the country, despite the fact most people don’t understand those decisions,” she said.
In other words, Canadians are too thick to see that a $1.1 million renovation, despite unnecessary, is not an entitlement but an investment in the future.
“It was a concrete space, with no wiring, no lights, no anything,” she said. “This is something that will serve the country in the future that I think will be beneficial to women and girls across the country.”
Well, put that way, God bless you Patty Hajdu.
Hopefully, those office renos will be completed by the time Canadians go to the polls again in 2019.
For the next Minister of Status for Women to enjoy.
As in someone else.