The Ministry of Children and Family Development is responding to criticism over the department’s credit card charges.
The information posted to DataBC’s website show almost six million dollars in charges last year.
Most of the charges, you would expect.
But $12,000 at golf courses, $3,500 on spas and resorts, and $1,700 on luxury hotels have raised eyebrows.
Why would a ministry tasked with protecting BC’s most vulnerable kids be on a luxury spending spree?
In a statement, MCFD notes the hotels and resorts are typically meeting venues, but some are used to accommodate clients and family when travelling.
It adds, the ministry also needs to rent space for meetings with foster families — and in many cases, those meeting rooms are at golf courses.
MCFD adds $2,700 in charges for fine chocolates, and more on gift cards to the spa, coffee shops or lunch are used as small tokens of appreciation for work staff do — much of it being work not officially recognized through paid hours.