Harper's Canada "won't take no for an answer" stance on keystone made cross-border headlines in a saga that is increasingly straining the Canada-US relationship. Usually hosts, this time the Canadian American Business Council, are supposed to pick up the tab for events but this time, Canadian taxpayers can expect a bill of $65,582.91 which includes $6,650 for coffee, $33,500 for room rental, $9,234.50 for a 23% service charge on the preceding elements, and $14,709.15 for audio-visual services.
The PMO defends the costs stating the bill, sent accidentally to CTV, represents multiple events in the same city and time frame.
“The Prime Minister was in New York to further Canada's commitment to child and maternal health, in addition to meeting with hundreds of business leaders, who play a key role in helping to advance Canada's efforts to create jobs and economic opportunities for Canadians, to encourage investment in Canada,” the PMO said.
“This figure does not reflect the fact that the costs were shared with the CABC, reducing the cost to the Government.”
“They have been outed,” Dewar said. “The curtain has been pulled back and what we see behind the curtain is a lobby firm.”