Taxpayers Federation takes legal action to force federal government to disclose who stayed in $6,000 hotel room

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) takes legal action against the Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC) to reveal who stayed in a $6,000 a night hotel room in the UK during Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral to force unredacted documents to be submitted to the federal government.

The CTF told the Epoch Times a request was filed for documents showing who stayed in a luxury suite for five nights, but the government Edited The name of the hotel guest.

According to the CTF, the government said the compilation was due to “security concerns and access to information law provisions prohibiting the disclosure of personal information.”

Franco Terrazzano, federal director of the CTF, said the situation “has not passed the sniff test”.

“In principle, governments have an obligation to be transparent with taxpayers. It was the taxpayers who paid the taxes, and who wasted our money by staying in a hotel room for $6,000 a night. It’s worth knowing how,” said Terrazzano.

“When someone works for taxpayers and spends taxpayer money, they have a legal responsibility to be accountable and transparent about it. The law makes it clear.”

Canadian officials stayed in the River Suite of the Corinthia Hotel, a five-star hotel in London. This suite offers butler service, a powder room, a bathtub with TV and separate rain shower, and a marble bathroom with underfloor heating. And a view of the Thames.

A 904-square-foot hotel room costs £4,800 per night, equivalent to $6,000 to $7,000 per night, depending on exchange rates, according to Global Affairs documents. obtained By Toronto Sun.

Corinthia lobby was where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was recorded sing Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody two days before her funeral.

The government refused to reveal who stayed in the room, but Rideau Hall indicated that it was not Governor-General Mary Simon.

of official delegation The Queen’s state funeral included Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, Simon and her spouse Witt Fraser, former governors Michael Jean and David Johnston, former prime ministers Kim Campbell, Jean Chrétien and Paul.・Martin and Stephen Harper were included.

Three indigenous chiefs and other government officials were present, as were members of the RCMP.

On Oct. 27, 2022, the Sun claimed that a hotel room had been occupied by Trudeau, and said the delegation spent nearly $400,000 on hotel bills alone while traveling to attend the state funeral.

“Prime Minister Justin Trudeau needs to show his innocence and report to the taxpayers who stayed in the River Suites.

The OIC is responsible for investigating complaints and resolving disputes related to the Federal Information Access System.

The prime minister’s office did not respond to a request for comment by press time.