This isn’t the hotel you’re looking for.
Oda is ^NOT a good Canadian politician. She’s decidedly on the dark side of politics, accused for years of extravagant spending, and contempt for Canadians and our institutions. I feel so badly for her constituents. She’s a royal pain in the you-know-what (pocketbook).
Bev Oda travel records show $665 nightly hotel stay
Canadian International Development Agency facing $380 million in budget cuts
And she didn’t cancel the $300/night hotel in time to avoid paying for one night there too, even though she didn’t use it. With the more expensive hotel 2km away, she also got to book luxury car transportation: a Mercedes or BMW. No word if a helicopter was involved too.
It’s so important for those phony fiscal Conservatives to keep up appearances when abroad. That’s how Canada’s true value is expressed to other nations, not our peacekeeping, our environmental stewardship, our stance against unjust weapons of war, but rather how much we let our slimy politicians spend while trying to impress others.
Harper has not felt it just to punish her many transgressions with so much as a demotion, let alone the more appropriate act of taking away all ministerial responsibility. Got to keep up appearances that nothing is wrong, after all.
In other news of a party leader not being accountable for dreadful party representatives, and politicians I’m not impressed by, there’s Danielle Smith. Smith gets a little help from the National Post:
As for climate change: How can it be possible that even now, with a vigorous debate underway among climatologists about the reliability of climate models, about the still-undetermined role of solar fluctuations in determining the Earth’s temperature, and about the absence of discernible global warming for the past 15 years, that any serious person can still take it as inviolable dogma that the scientific debate is past? Don’t these people read?
Uh, Den Tandt goes right off the rails of reason at that point. The “debate” is all done within the structure of human-caused climate change, and how other variables can be accounted for. It’s not a debate over what has already been learned about the greenhouse effect due to industrial, residential, and transportation emissions. Doesn’t Den Tandt read? The scientific debate has passed, it’s all PR flacks’ propaganda like Ethical Oil, the Fraser Institute (Smith’s old haunt, I’ve read), and Heartland Institute vs. scientific research. Den Tandt can’t call propaganda vs. scientific fact, a “debate”.
Scientists no more debate the portion of climate change that humans can impact, than they would debate the force of gravity, or the theory of evolution. Den Tandt, Smith, and climate change deniers exploit ignorance of science, and an apathy millions of Canadians possess for selecting highly educated politicians. The result is political parties willing to stand up to facts with lies, and come out looking like heroes because of tripe like Den Tandt’s article.
If nothing else, Danielle Smith has shown that she has a spine, even in the 11th hour, with all the marbles riding on the outcome. I, for one, view that as a refreshing deviation from type.
Ignorance and arrogance is refreshing? What news is this guy reading? (Oh right, he’s writing for the National Post.) Alas, even though the spinal cord is great for auto-reaction, it’s not a thinking part of the nervous system. I’d rather Smith prove she has the capacity for careful thought, than a simple flinch reaction that a human vegetable possesses when burned.