Environment minister spent $178,000 on air fares, limos to attend latest UN climate conference

Environment minister spent $178,000 on air fares, limos to attend latest UN climate conference

How dare you!  

The new Environment Minister seems to have spared no expense on himself and his bloated delegation at the 2019 UN Climate Change Conference held in Madrid in December.  

According to Blacklock’s Reporter, the first major trip for Jonathon Wilksinson in his new portfolio as the head of the Environment and Climate Change Ministry included $178,000 in air fares and a pair of limo drivers.  

“A preliminary list compiled by the UN counted 144 Canadians at the conference including thirteen federal policy analysts, four deputy and assistant deputy ministers, four spokespeople, two chauffeurs and two legal counsel.” 

The shocking expense filings by the new minister were discovered in an order paper response to a question by New Democrat MP Carol Hughes.  

The total cost for the trip was $680,000, including $93,000 in meals and incidentals and another $105,000 in temporary office space rentals for the delegation.  

The order paper response from the ministry detailed how Wilkinson and his climate crusaders flew halfway around the world to take several meetings with Canadian environmentalist groups, representatives of provincial governments, indigenous leaders and a union. 

The minister had sit downs with the Canadian Labour Congress, the Metis National Council, the Assembly of First Nations, the Inuit Circumpolar Council of Canada, and the World Wildlife Fund, as well as the provinces of Quebec and Manitoba. There were also meetings with unnamed “Canadian Youth” and unidentified members of “Canadian Civil Society”.  

On December 13, Minister Wilkinson met with Zhao Yingmin, Vice Minister for Environment and Ecology for China. No details of the discussions were given.  

The same Spanish conference was warned by teenage climate scold Greta Thunberg that “our house is on fire. I am here to say, our house is on fire”. 

Rebel News was on the ground for the UN's climate conference in Madrid, too. You can view all of that coverage by visiting RebelUN.com.