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Patty Hajdu, the Minister of the Status of Women, has made the decision to renovate her office for a striking sum of $1.1 million instead of using these funds to renovate the building where her department is located.
The Canadian press reported that the renovations would have cost about $400,000 which would have saved almost $600,000 for the public and despite knowing what sort of a backlash this would produce, she decided to go ahead with it anyway.
The costs of the renovations were fast tracked as there was no knowledge of how the construction was going to be paid for. The plans changed several times since they were drafted because no real survey had been done about how many people would have to be accommodated in the department’s building.
A very immature response from the head of the agency, Meena Ballantye was received, where she said that if the office of Minister Amarjeet Sohi spent $835,000 on renovations, the Minister Patty Hajdu has all rights to a nice office for herself.
Now since the Liberals have funded CBC quite well, it is difficult to see much coverage on this issue, in contrast to Conservative Minister Bev Oda having a $16 glass of orange juice. The real problem here is that everyone is playing the blame game where the Liberals should be standing up to the values they had been trying to set since they took up office. If they can criticize the Conservatives on their lavish spending, then maybe it is time to take a good look in the mirror.
Despite all this, it won’t be long before we get a “well thought out” Liberal spin on this story, saying that the Minister was perfectly justified in demanding a good office and that the Conservatives need a new set of moral codes.