ODA LEAVES AS PM PREPARES CABINET SHUFFLE

Jul 04, 2012

By Jane Brown

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Ottawa is buzzing over the resignation of Bev Oda.  Canada’s Minister responsible for the Canadian International Development Agency announced Tuesday that she’s resigning as MP of Durham at the end of the month.  She has given no reason for her exit, but a Globe and Mail source familiar with the matter says insiders cautioned Oda she would not survive a cabinet shuffle.  Bev Oda came under scrutiny in recent years for her use of limousines on the taxpayer tab, but it was a pricey hotel upgrade in London, England and the decision to spend $16 on a room service delivery of orange juice, that made headlines across the country.  It was soon after, Oda was forced to apologize to the Commons, “I have repaid the cost associated with changing hotels and I unreservedly apologize.” Oda says she informed the Prime Minister two weeks ago of her coming resignation and thanked him for his leadership.  Prime Minister Harper has since praised Oda for her eight years of contribution to Canada as MP for Durham.

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