Mr. Speaker, it is a departmental asset that the department itself says it cannot use. Give me a break.
Here is the test. Will the minister go out in the real world and defend this waste? Explain spending $85,000 in snacks at a single hotel to a mother who cannot afford groceries. Justify the $9,000 for a power cord to a senior who cannot afford heat. Sit down with a family that is desperate, that has nothing left to take care of a sick husband or wife and explain why hundreds of thousands of dollars were spent on fiddlers, flowers and glow sticks.
Either the minister should own up to this waste and apologize, or take responsibility for what he has done.