…Adam Austen, spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, said it can take weeks and even months for the cost of a prime ministerial trip to be finalized as bills and invoices come in. He did not rule out the possibility that the final tab could rise still further.
“There were many ministers participating, it was a long trip. Eventually, the costs do begin to add up on big trips like this,” he said.
Global Affairs spent the most on the trip — $790,210, including $17,044 to fly celebrity chef Vikram Vij to India to prepare a meal for an official reception.
The tab for food and drinks aboard the prime minister’s Airbus came to $142,938 “based on the latest review of payments,” according to the Department of National Defence (DND). The plane cost $11,000 an hour for the 43.7 hours of travel, a total of $485,070, said DND.