Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 9/5/2008 (3245 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
The ministers' travel expenses were posted online yesterday, and a few of us veteran cheapskate backpackers spent some time bitching about how bad the Doer government appears to be at, like, checking out travelocity.com.In fairness, most of the ministers were pretty frugal. Ag Minister Rosann Wowchuck spent about $6,000 on her 10-day trade mission to India, which I don't think is unreasonable at all. Couple readers wrote me to say the same, which is not the feedback you usually get with these kinds of stories. Plus, I actually WANT ministers to travel and learn things and get new ideas, so I am loathe to begrudge a trip.Having said that, there was one tidbit in the pages of forms that is too funny to go unmentioned.Healthy Living Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross went to an aboriginal women's summit in Corner Brook, Nfld and spent about $450 on her flight. I couldn't have scored a better deal myself. Way to use the expedia.com, Kerri!But Aboriginal Affairs Minister Oscar Lathlin went to the exact same conference and spent nearly $3,000 on his flight.I didn't write about it today because I was worried Lathlin and Irvin-Ross had taken a charter and he'd just eaten most of the cost. Or that he'd taken a bunch of staff along (the original explanation from the province, that didn't make sense at all). But, no. He just booked the flight late due to a schedule change. Even with that, though, I just checked Air Canada and I can score a last minute Tango flight to Deer Lake for half that price.How about Hotwire.com? Trip Advisor? Anyone?