Mayor will get to explain what was spent and what was done while she and some staff were in Japan at the taxpayers expense.

News 100 redBy Pepper Parr

November 28th, 2019

BURLINGTON, ON

 

“Just in case you haven’t seen it yet” wrote a Gazette reader, “that Japan trip cost us $31,161 for the six people who took it – quite a bit over the initial estimates, even by airfare and accommodations alone.

“I understand the significance of the anniversary, but this is a ridiculous cost that I as a Burlington resident am forced to pay. They went over there for five days with few working hours – an entire day at least was spent on things like a ‘soba noodle making experience’.

What value is that to the public back home? It sounds more like personal vacation time for the Mayor, Councillor Nisan, the City Manager and the Mundialization Committee members.

“I urge you to take a deeper dive into this – the report is available online, its item 4.6

Commisso and Mayor in Japan

The Mayor and the City Manager went local while they were in Japan.

The trip may well have been worth the photographs of the Mayor and the City Manager strutting through the streets of a Japanese community.

 

Here is what the Mayor will report on.

Japan trip costs

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1 comment to Mayor will get to explain what was spent and what was done while she and some staff were in Japan at the taxpayers expense.

  • david barker

    Seems to me this is just another attempt to knock the Mayor.

    The air fares and accommodations for the six attendees represents about two thirds of the total costs. At $3,000 a piece that is surely a “back of the bus” air fare. In fact I just checked Air Canada and regular back of the bus economy is $1,954 and premium economy +not business class) is $2,910. Put hotel costs in top of those costs and the amount spent looks pretty reasonable. Trivago shows the daily cost of a room at the Hilton is about $300.

    Did not the Japanese city in question donate the Canada Day fireworks display to our city. The cost of that display must have been well into the six digits.

    Do we expect our Council members to sit on their hands here in Burlington or do we expect them to go out and compete with other local communities to attract business and investment to our city ?

    I would expect the City to have a travel policy and procedure in place. If the policy and procedure was followed, then no discussion needed.

    Challenging these very reasonable costs is in my view small minded.

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