Huge bill for environment ministry to UN climate change convention


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Minister of Environment and Climate Change Jonathan Wilkinson and his delegation’s trip to a United Nations climate change conference last December in Madrid cost more than $680,000 according to Blacklock’s Reporter.

An inquiry of ministry tabled in the House of Commons was told the bill included $178,000 in air fares, taxis and chauffeurs.

The meeting was a United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

“Amounts in the table may not reflect final costs which could be higher,” wrote staff, according to Blacklock’s Reporter. “There are a number of invoices and claims…that have yet to be processed.”

While Environment and Climate Change Canada wouldn’t release the final list of Canadian delegates, a preliminary U.N. list counted 144 Canadians at the convention.

In a Dec. 10 conference speech, Wilkinson called for “deeper emission reductions” in greenhouse gases.

“Climate change is a defining issue of our time and the main reason why I entered politics,” said Wilkinson.

“We know we must increase our ambition. Canada is committed to working with you to advance momentum on climate action.”

The Canadian delegation spent $93,439 for meals, another $228,881 for hotels and $21,080 which was billed as “hospitality.”

The inquiry of ministry data did not list liquor expenses, according to Blacklock’s Reporter.