The Spenders of 2008-2009 — The Hospitality

30Jun09

Only a single Canadian public servant claimed more than $100,000 in hospitality expenses.

Canada’s ambassador to France, Marc Lortie (noted as his department’s top spender in the last post), amassed $153,160.75 in hospitality expenses. It should be clear that many of these meals were hosted by the embassy and involved, in some cases, hundreds of guests. For example, this $17,000+ reception for 474 guests held on Canada Day last year. Or this $20,000+ reception for 375 guests a couple of months earlier.

It should be noted that all public servants listed as “ambassador” combined to claim $1,187,532.65 in travel and hospitality expenses. And hospitality, by the way, accounted for $645,447.75 — or just over 54 per cent — of that total.

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