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article imageCanadian Conservative Minister Bev Oda stepping down July 31

By Andrew Moran     Jul 3, 2012 in Politics
Durham - Canadian Tory Member of Parliament for Durham and Minister for International Cooperation Beverley Oda announced in a statement on her website that she will be stepping down effective July 31, 2012.
Scandal-laden Conservative MP Bev Oda informed Prime Minister Stephen Harper last month that she will be resigning from her position as Durham’s MP as of July 31. Oda made it public Tuesday in a statement on her constituency website that she is stepping down.
Oda was first elected in 2004 and was named as Official Opposition Critic for Canadian Heritage. Two years later, Oda was named as Minister for Canadian Heritage and then she was named in 2007 as the Minister for International Cooperation.
“For over eight years, it has been an honor and privilege to have served the constituents in Clarington, Scugog and Uxbridge. As the Minister for International Cooperation, I have had the opportunity to witness the hardships of the worlds [sic] most vulnerable peoples and have witnessed the great compassion of Canadians for those in need,” stated Oda.
“I am grateful for the support of my staff and colleagues in the House of Commons and Senate. I wish to express my appreciation to the Prime Minister and his Cabinet for their outstanding leadership.”
The prime minister issued a statement, in which he thanked Oda for her time in public service and “her many accomplishments in the ministry.”
“Under Bev’s guidance, Canada has led a significant initiative to save the lives of mothers, children and newborns in the developing world. Bev has also promoted accountability and effectiveness for Canada’s aid programs and has championed high-profile efforts to respond to humanitarian tragedies in Haiti, Pakistan and the Horn of Africa,” said Harper in a statement. “Through Bev’s leadership, Canada has also met, ahead of schedule, its commitment to double aid to Africa. This is a record of which to be proud.”
Since she entered public office, Oda has been engulfed in numerous scandals. In 2006, Oda reimbursed taxpayers $2,200 for accumulating more than $5,000 worth of limousine rides. Two years later, she was accused of hiding more than $17,000 worth of limo expenses.
Digital Journal reported in April of Oda’s other outlandish expenses, including spending $16 for a glass of orange juice and choosing to stay at the Savoy Hotel in central London at a cost of $665 per night for a three-night stay.
Oda made an apology in the House of Commons and paid back the expenses.
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