PM picks up $300,000 tab for visitors 1-way trip back to France
Maybe it is the new math. Maybe I just don't get it.
A quick search of flights to Paris shows that I can get a one way ticket, in business/first class Ottawa-Paris for $7659. So, if we are talking 2 people, and even if I have to add taxes, I can get two adults to Europe for well under $20,000.
So, why did the Prime Minister's office spend $300,000 to get two European visitors bact to Europe?
It was nice for the PM to ask them to stay over for a special reception (read photo op), and of course it was gracious to offer to pay for any inconveniences this change of plans might involve (hotel stay, rebooking flight, etc.). But, $300,000? Really?
I thought we were being more vigilant about unecessary travel expenses for senators and MPs. I thought the buck, in this case 300,000 bucks, stopped at the PMO.