Canada's high commissioner in London, Gordon Campbell, is back in the news in connection with some lavish spending.
According to a CBC News report, the celebration to reopen Canada House in the British capital cost taxpayers more than $200,000.
The event, which was hosted by the former B.C. premier and attended by Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, lasted for a few hours on February 19.
A CBC access-to-information request revealed that the 3,000 invitations cost more than $10,000. Four Mounties sent to the event charged nearly $5,000 in hotel bills. Another $46,296 was spent on a publication to celebrate the reopening of Canada House, according to CBC.
Then there was the wine ($9,716), a breakfast buffet (nearly $2,400), rib-eye beef ($1,273), and assorted other costs.
The former foreign affairs minister John Baird—who loudly insisted that politicians need to be defined by their values—showed up to partake in the festivities, even though he had resigned his job more than two weeks earlier.
CBC reported that Baird's name appears on a $16,000 bronze plaque as foreign affairs minister, which was unveiled by Queen Elizabeth at the event. The actual foreign affairs minister on the date of the plaque—February 19—was Rob Nicholson.
Campbell's spending has come under scrutiny in the past.
In 2012, CBC News reported that the former B.C. premier billed taxpayers for $67,026 for dinners, cocktail receptions, and parties from January to May that year. He even charged the government for three tuxedo rentals costing $600.
After much huffing and puffing, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs claimed that there were clerical errors and those bills were officially trimmed to $33,976.
There's no word yet on whether government accountants will issue a similar announcement in connection with February 19 event.