Limousine rides a warning sign

The health minister’s use of extremely expensive limousines brought to mind David Dingwall's quote, “I’m entitled to my entitlements.”

To the Editor,

Revelations about the federal health minister’s use of extremely expensive limousines brought to mind that infamous case of Liberal minister David Dingwall about a decade ago. Remember his indignant response to a Commons committee when questioned on his spending: “I’m entitled to my entitlements;” seems that’s always been the case with some politicians. Reports of the latest lamentable limousine lollapalooza revealed that some ministers use them at $145 a trip to get home from the airport, when plebeians make do with a $25 taxi. Then the defence minister used one in California to attend a meeting and visit a business, that set taxpayers back more than $1,500. Makes you wonder why assistants who always travel with ministers are not driving them in a hired car in such instances. Here’s hoping the media dig deeper into Limousine-gate, and maybe discover this could be the tip of another travel expense iceberg.

Bernie SmithParksville

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