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article imageCanadian gov. minister Oda dinged taxpayer for hotel smoking fine

By Marcus Hondro     Sep 8, 2012 in Politics
A former member of the Steven Harper cabinet in Canada, Bev Oda passed along to taxpayers her $250 fine for smoking in a Washington hotel room in 2010. The former minister for international co-operation resigned from the House of Commons in July.
Oda, who'd represented the riding of Durham in Ontario, had a string of controversies over expenses passed on to the Canadian taxpayer. On this occasion, it was revealed this week, she was in Washington for a conference on maternal health and was fined by the hotel she stayed in for smoking in her room.
Following an audit of her expenses announced last April it appears Oda then paid the $250 fine back to taxpayers, 2 years after incurring it. The audit of her expenses came about because the Canadian media revealed expenses passed on to taxpayers when she changed hotels in London to a much more expensive hotel, The Savoy, and passed the expenses along to taxpayers, including a $16 glass of orange juice.
Oda resigned from Harper's conservative cabinet in July, reports suggest she did so after being informed she would be dropped from cabinet, and is no longer a member of the House of Commons. No word on whether she quit smoking, too.
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