Taxpayers squeezed for more than juice

Bev Oda, come back – all is forgiven!

Oda was a rare minister driven out of Stephen Harper’s cabinet. She resigned from Parliament itself after a media uproar for having expensed a $16 orange juice to taxpayers while on government business.

Oda was an outstanding minister – she saved Canadian taxpayers millions of dollars by cutting wasteful foreign aid spending. But that one orange juice became a symbol of her personal style.

Sixteen bucks. But Harper’s core political identity is one of respect for taxpayer money. So Oda was out.

But now comes news that another Harper political appointee has racked up $760,000 in travel expenses since 2006. A bit more, and he could buy himself a private plane.

Makes a $16 orange juice look pretty small.