Shocking Costs

by Jason Fredin

$20,800 for Joe Fontana’s state of the city breakfast.

$47,313 for Peter MacKay’s F-35 photo op.

$23,000 to ferry three cabinet ministers around Davos last year.

$16 for a glass of orange juice.

Are these excesses? Yes, especially in a time where all politicians are preaching “fiscal responsibility”. Media also loves these stories and runs headlines to enrage the general population.

On the other hand, consider these as promotional events. Many events we think are common come with a hefty price tag.

For example, I was shocked to find the “average” wedding can run up a tab of $20,000. Including in some locations (like New York) $12 – $15 per person just for the deserts, or spurlging for sparklers in your centrepiece to light during the couples’ first dance, $3,600.

I’m sure these are not the only examples of indulgence that occur every day.

While we shouldn’t excuse the lavish spending, we should understand how it happens and put controls in place to reduce it.