OTTAWA—Most Liberal cabinet ministers in charge of what used to be a junior portfolio moved into existing suites instead of creating new office space for themselves and their staff.
The Canadian Press reported recently that Status of Women Minister Patty Hajdu approved the $1.1-million construction of new offices for herself and her staff this year so that she could be in the same building as the rest of the agency, located in Gatineau, Que.
Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi also came under scrutiny this year for the $835,000 spent on renovations and furniture for new offices at his own department.
But other Liberal ministers whose portfolios gained an elevated status when Prime Minister Trudeau formed his cabinet last year were more frugal with their accommodations.
Science Minister Kirsty Duncan and Bardish Chagger, the minister for small business and tourism, both moved into office space previously occupied by ministers of state.
Repairs and renovations to accommodate their bigger contingent of political aides, along with similar changes to the office of Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains in the same building, cost about $170,000.