by Joanna Smith
Originally published: December 23, 2016
Status of Women Minister Patty Hajdu said the choice to spend $1.1 million on a new suite of offices was about ensuring the portfolio remains a priority for many years to come.
"It was a concrete space with no wiring, no lights, no anything, so this is something that will serve the country in the future in a way that I think will be beneficial to women and girls across the country," Hajdu said Wednesday in an interview that aired on CBC Radio's Up North.
he Canadian Press reported last week that Hajdu signed off on the plan to build new offices for her and her staff — despite being warned the price tag could raise eyebrows when the word got out — so that she could be in the same building as Status of Women Canada, located at 22 Eddy Street, in Gatineau, Que.
They started fast-tracking the project before knowing how they would pay for it, according to documents obtained through the Access to Information Act, or how many people it would need to accommodate.