Saturday, February 20, 2010

Stephen Harper's selective disclosure: Super 8 Hotel bills?

Super 8 meets not so Super 18

Just amazing what Stephen Harper’s selective disclosure under the Access to Information will reveal. Just what he wants it to reveal, but nothing about what Harper doesn’t want revealed.

To wit: Stephen Harper’s Super 8 Motel bills, but zero justification for Harper’s income trust fraud, apart from 18 pages of blacked out documents for destroying $35 billion of Canadians’ life savings. What a farce of the media to run with a story like this and not have revealed Harper’s lies about tax lekage that has cost all Canadian taxpayers the loss of $1.5 billion in tax revenue PER YEAR from 51 takeovers. Who wrote this piece of news propaganda? Eric Reguly of the Globe or Terry Corcoran of the National Post?

News Canada
PM Harper a frugal traveller

Last Updated: February 20, 2010 7:09am

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper may be the most powerful man in the country but when it comes to working away from home he does it on the cheap — when he can.

Documents released through Access to Information reveal that when travelling in Canada Harper is keen to avoid the appearance of luxury on the taxpayer’s dime, even hiring out rooms at the Super 8 motel.

“As we prepare and plan for the prime minister’s schedule we always take security and costs as primary concerns,” said Sara MacIntyre, associate press secretary to the prime minister.

According to the documents obtained by Ottawa researcher Ken Rubin, Harper spent $51,645.68 on hotels and hospitality within Canada between April 2007 and August 2009.

Nearly $15,000 of that was for Harper’s visit to the President’s Cup golf tournament in Montreal, where he was the honorary chair of the contest. The proceeds from the event are handed out to a selection of charities chosen by the participants.

For the 2007 tournament, Harper spent $4,674 on books to give as gifts to players and coaches at the charity event and close to $10,000 on food and hotel and function rooms.

When visiting mid- to large-sized Canadian cities, Harper opts to stay at hotels such as Quebec City’s Chateau Frontenac, largely because it’s easier to manage security, MacIntyre says.

A two-day stay at the Royal York hotel in Toronto in April of 2008, for example, cost the taxpayer $1,643.54, while another two-day stay at the Hilton in Quebec cost $1,998 in the same year.

The documents reveal Harper also manages to stay at big hotels for less. In July of 2008, a four-day stay at the Chateau Frontenac cost $2,097.

Often, however, the cost of Harper’s hotel rooms are much lower. For example, the prime minister spent $193.27 in May 2008 for a one-night stay at the Delta hotel in Edmonton and $229.50 for one night in Saskatoon in July 2008.

While attending an event in June of 2007, Harper rented a day room at the Super 8 motel in New Brunswick for $126.

This comes after QMI Agency revealed spending in the prime minister’s own office dropped from $38,440 in 2004-2005 and $39,924 in 2005-2006 under the Liberals to $1,917 in 2006-2007, $1,966 in 2007-2008 and $7,705 in 2008-2009 under the Tories.


Dr Mike said...

What a story---this ought to really resonate with the folks on the street , the Timmies crowd , the Con base.

Nothing screams "Con" more than Super 8 & a bag full of roaches , the crawly kind.

What am I saying as I am sure the place would be swept for "bugs".

Hey Steve , next time you are in Rodney , my wife & I will put you up at "Chez Popovich" at no charge.

All that I ask is that you bring your black-out remover so that we can discuss what is on those income trust blacked-out pages -- yes Steve , the one`s that you had the Privy Council recall.

Dr Mike Popovich

CAITI said...
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Anonymous said...

Let's see he saved 10 grand on hotels and dinner and ran up a $56 billion fiscal deficit and robbed taxpayers of $35 billion in savings?

My hero!


CAITI said...

Who’s to say that Super 8 motel in New Brunswick for $126 isn’t the most expensive room in the city?

Brent Fullard

Anonymous said...

The story below falls under "Duh? who'd care?" Why is it a story?

Perhaps becuz the Harper Con want to create the impression of the fiscally responsible PM?--of course, the same fiscally responsible PM who last week wrote a cheque for $100 million to Haiti (not that Haiti doesn't need the money but the international funding structure is not in place to coordinate).

To say it only costs, $500 per night to lodge the PM is nonsense. The guy travels with a small army of security, PR and beauty salon technicians. The full cost per day has to be in the five digits.

What's this about "Harper rented a day room at the Super 8 motel in New Brunswick for $126"? I didn't know Super 8 had day rooms.

Why is this a story? It must have been a slow newsday.


Anonymous said...

Harper spends more per day on his personal care (makeup) assistant!!!

What a crock-O-shite as our Newfoundland Friends might say.