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Trudeau's former environment minister spent over $100,000 on Ubers, rideshares

McKenna's ministry spent a whopping $113,000 on taxis, with the ministry as a whole under Jonathan Wilkinson adding an extra $30,000 on taxis.
Roberto Wakerell-Cruz Montreal, QC

Trudeau cabinet member and former Minister for the Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna is under fire after a question asked by NDP MP Heather McPherson caught wind, revealing the hefty tab the Trudeau minister on ridesharing apps like Uber.

McPherson asked: With regard to ministers' office expenses in the National Capital Region: (a) what was the total amount spent on taxis by each ministers' office for each fiscal year since 2015-2016, including the current fiscal years; (b) how many employees at each minister's office have access to taxi vouchers;  (c) what is the overtime cost of each minister's driver for each fiscal year since 2015-16, including the current fiscal year; (d) what was the total amount spent on Uber for each minister's office for each fiscal year since 2015-16, including the current fiscal year; and (e) how many employees at each minister's office have access to Uber vouchers?

According to a report by Rebel News, McKenna's ministry spent a whopping $113,000 on taxis, with the ministry as a whole under Jonathan Wilkinson adding an extra $30,000 on taxis.

Rebel continues on to report that McKenna led the way in creating an "expensive private shuttle bus system for her bureaucrats," which drove public servants every ten minutes between two Gatineau addresses, 251 days per year.

This isn't McKenna's only instance of heavy, secretive spending.

Last month, the Parliament's Budget Office revealed that they were unable to find evidence of roughly 20,000 projects subsidized by Canadian tax dollars which total billions of dollars, according to Blacklock's Reporter.

Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna's department was unwilling to provide evidence that they existed, the Commons government operations committee says.

"It’s hard to be convinced," Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux said in a statement. "I have faith they do exist, but I don’t have proof that they exist."

Minister McKenna said in a March 10 statement: "Since the Investing In Canada plan was launched over 52,000 projects have been announced government-wide with contributions of approximately $57.5 billion. Almost all of these projects are either started or completed."

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