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Grand meals in the air: the Governor General’s office will have to explain itself

The Governor General’s office and the Ministry of Defense have been called upon by parliamentarians to explain themselves over the astronomical expenses incurred during an eight-day trip to the Middle East earlier this year.

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First rejected by the New Democrats and the Liberals at the Public Accounts Committee on Monday, the Bloc Québécois proposal was finally adopted unanimously at the Government Operations Committee on Tuesday evening.

The Bloc Québécois initially called for testimony from the Governor General herself, but the Conservatives amended the motion so that the testimony would instead be delivered by a representative of her office.

The motion specifies that the testimony must last two hours and take place no later than September 23, 2022.

On the other hand, the Liberals insisted that a representative of the Ministry of Defense also testify, since it was this ministry that was in charge of the logistics of the trip.

Remember that the trip of the Governor General and her court to the Middle East last March cost more than $80,000 for a series of meals alone, excluding alcohol.

More specifically, the bill includes three dinners, three lunches, two dinners and snacks for the Governor General, her 29 guests and the 17 flight attendants, National Defense said in a statement provided to the “Journal”.