Aug 01, 2012

By Jane Brown

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Bev Oda begins her retirement today.  Tuesday was her last day as Member of Parliament for Durham.  The former Minister of International Cooperation insists she was not pushed out of cabinet or asked to leave.  68 year old Oda says she’s been thinking about retirement since the winter. 

Oda had been under attack for travel expenses she had originally claimed for a trip to London in 2011.  She tells the CBC, she does not regret charging taxpayers 16 dollars for a class of orange juice, “Not at all, not at all.  I arrived in London.  It was very late.  I was working on a speech I was to give the next morning.  But you know, the cost of that orange juice, was not maybe the appropriate expense for the government to repay.  I’ve repaid that cost and I have apologized for it.” 

Oda says she’s already retired once, from her previous career before she endered politics, and says now she wants to get back to “real retirement” and to spend time with friends and family.  She describes her international travel as rewarding but “very tiring” and says eight years is a long time.

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