$14,000: EXPENSES Four civil servants flew here to brief Emerson; he says it was worth the cost
Senior federal civil servants spent thousands of dollars travelling to Vancouver to brief embattled International Trade Minister David Emerson, disclosure documents show.
Fonberg, and assistant deputy ministers Robert Dery, Michael Martin and Ken Sunquist were among the eight senior staffers who travelled to meet with Emerson between Feb. 19 and Feb. 23.
At the time, Emerson was weathering a political storm over his decision to join the Conservative cabinet as minister of international trade after having won election as a Liberal in Vancouver-Kingsway.
ADDING UP COST OF OFFICIALS' TRAVEL
Federal International Trade Minister David Emerson approved the travel of eight senior staff members to Vancouver to brief him on key files including:
- Robert Fonberg, deputy minister: Expenses, $3,506.08
- Robert Dery, acting assistant deputy minister and chief trade commissioner: Expenses, $3,172.04
- Michael Martin, assistant deputy minister: Expenses $3,381.58
- Ken Sunquist, assistant deputy minister: Expenses $3,862.53
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