And Another Fine Waste Of Tax Dollars

MINISTERS’ SECRETARY SHOULD MAKE USE OF VIDEO CONFERENCING
Maybe our local MP Dave Mackenzie doesn’t really travel that much, but on the dates that he has travelled to make announcements on behalf of the minister or whoever, he has burned up a few dollars when he could have just turned on a webcam and broadcast himself to whomever.
So, I just keep wondering, why are we forced to pay for these guys to fly around the country when they could make use of video conferencing?

For: MacKenzie, David, Parliamentary Secretary
Purpose: Make National Crime Prevention Centre and Nexus announcements on behalf of Minister Day
Date(s): 2007-08-19 to 2007-08-20
Destination(s): Calgary
Expense Details
Expense Cost
Air Fare $1,175.01
Other Transportation $165.74
Accommodation $228.98
Meals and incidentals $60.00
Total: $1,629.73

For: MacKenzie, David, Parliamentary Secretary
Purpose: Speak on behalf of Minister Day at the Inter Law Enforcement and crime conference
Date(s): 2007-06-21 to 2007-06-21
Destination(s): Niagara Falls
Expense Details
Expense Cost
Air Fare $457.06
Other Transportation $25.00
Meals and incidentals $12.40
Total: $494.46

For: MacKenzie, David, Parliamentary Secretary
Purpose: Make departmental annoucement on behalf of Minister Day
Date(s): 2007-06-25 to 2007-06-27
Destination(s): Kelowna
Expense Details
Expense Cost
Air Fare $1,292.07
Other Transportation $192.00
Accommodation $229.68
Meals and incidentals $160.90
Total: $1,874.65

For: MacKenzie, David, Parliamentary Secretary
Purpose: Speaking engagement at the Fraser Institute Conference
Date(s): 2007-06-28 to 2007-06-28
Destination(s): Toronto
Expense Details
Expense Cost
Other Transportation $164.00
Meals and incidentals $12.40
Total: $176.40

Frankly, I just don’t know what this guy would have had to say to the Fraser Institute, but it can’t have been anything interesting, or anything that takes a brain at all.

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