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Privy Council Office staffers like their coffee, java, and café lattés...

PCO Clerk Kevin Lynch loves his java, or, at least the people in the Privy Council Office do. In fact, between March and December last year, the office charged $4,978.07 worth of coffee to the public purse, out of a total of $16,068.80 of hospitality expenses, according to PCO's hospitality expenses. That's of course only the lines that specifically say "coffee," coming from places such as Roast 'N Brew, Van Houtte and Connaisseur Café and not including the expenses for lunch meetings and DM breakfasts, such as the $498 tab from Boulangerie dans un village on April 13, 2006, which could have also included the wonderful and tasty caffeinated beverage. It must say something that almost one-third of a department's hospitality expenses is coffee, especially when one run to the local java hut cost $442.59. No, PCO is not frivolously overcharging taxpayers. HOH is sure it means that Mr. Lynch is working his staffers and DMs too much and that they are relying on many cups of espresso to get through the long nights of policy meetings... although it could mean also that the Roast 'N Brew is serving up some delicious organic non-fat skim-milk caramel mocchachino whipped-cream-topped latté of which the Clerk and his staffers just can't get enough. Hmm...

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Privy Council Office staffers like their coffee, java, and café lattés...

PCO Clerk Kevin Lynch loves his java, or, at least the people in the Privy Council Office do. In fact, between March and December last year, the office charged $4,978.07 worth of coffee to the public purse, out of a total of $16,068.80 of hospitality expenses, according to PCO's hospitality expenses. That's of course only the lines that specifically say "coffee," coming from places such as Roast 'N Brew, Van Houtte and Connaisseur Café and not including the expenses for lunch meetings and DM breakfasts, such as the $498 tab from Boulangerie dans un village on April 13, 2006, which could have also included the wonderful and tasty caffeinated beverage. It must say something that almost one-third of a department's hospitality expenses is coffee, especially when one run to the local java hut cost $442.59. No, PCO is not frivolously overcharging taxpayers. HOH is sure it means that Mr. Lynch is working his staffers and DMs too much and that they are relying on many cups of espresso to get through the long nights of policy meetings... although it could mean also that the Roast 'N Brew is serving up some delicious organic non-fat skim-milk caramel mocchachino whipped-cream-topped latté of which the Clerk and his staffers just can't get enough. Hmm...

  

Parliamentary Calendar
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Chantal Hébert's Morning After book launch at Métropolitain Brasserie in Ottawa: Sept. 24 Sept. 30, 2014

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Official Languages Commissioner Graham Fraser, a former Toronto Star Hill journalist, and Jim Armour, vice-president at Summa Strategies, a former Conservative and Reform Party staffer.
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Chantal Hébert, national affairs columnist for The Toronto Star and author of The Morning After: The 1995 Quebec Referendum and The Day That Almost Was. Ms. Hébert launched her book on Sept. 24 in Ottawa at the Métropolitain Brasserie where plenty of political players turned up from the Hill.
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Jean-Pierre Kingsley, Canada's former chief electoral officer, and Quebec Liberal Senator Dennis Dawson.
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Bruce Anderson, a partner at i2 Ideas & Issues Advertising, who hosted the book launch. Mr. Anderson is a panellist on CBC's At Issue along with Ms. Hébert and Andrew Coyne.
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Kate Purchase, communications director for Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.
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Quebec Liberal Sen. Dennis Dawson, Jim Patrick of Shaw Communications, and Global TV's Tom Clark.
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Official Languages Commissioner Graham Fraser and Bruce Anderson of i2 Ideas & Issues Advertising.
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Patrick Kennedy, director of government relations for CF Industries, flips through a copy of Chantal Hébert's book, The Morning After: The 1995 Quebec Referendum and The Day That Almost Was.
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Jim Armour, vice-president at Summa Strategies, is the happy new owner of The Morning After.
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Chantal Hébert and former Conservative MP Ted Menzies.
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Journalist Daniel L'Heureux, Mylène Dupere, communications director for Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, and Jean Lapierre, who helped Ms. Hébert write the book. Mr. Lapierre is also a former Bloc Québécois MP who later joined Paul Martin's Liberals and was a federal Cabinet minister. Today, he's a pundit.
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Leslie Swartman, director of public affairs at MDA Information Systems, and former Liberal Cabinet minister Jean Lapierre. Ms. Swartman used to work for Mr. Lapierre when he was in the Paul Martin Cabinet.
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Anne Marie Creskey, publisher of The Hill Times, and Hill Times reporter Rachel Aiello.
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Former Conservative MP Ted Menzies and Global TV's Tom Clark.
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Bruce Anderson and Chantal Hébert.
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Michel Liboiron, director of government relations at CIBC, and Postmedia News reporter and columnist Stephen Maher.

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