Embattled Bev Oda stepping down this month as member of Parliament

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Minister of International Co-operation Bev Oda answers a question during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa in this Canadian Press file photo.

OTTAWA — Bev Oda, the embattled minister of international co-operation, is stepping down as an MP at the end of this month.

In a statement on her website, Oda said she handed in her resignation two weeks ago, giving up the southern Ontario seat she has held for eight years.

Oda has come under increasing scrutiny for her spending practices and accountability.

Most recently she drew fire for insisting on staying at a posh hotel during a trip to London, and charging taxpayers the equivalent of $16 for a glass of orange juice.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued a news release today praising Oda’s hard work and dedication.

Before she was named to the international development post, Oda was the minister for Canadian Heritage.

Organizations: Canadian Heritage

Geographic location: OTTAWA, Southern Ontario, London

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  • Duffy
    July 03, 2012 - 17:29

    Good! Useless is the only word I can think of that will not be banned.

  • Harvey
    July 03, 2012 - 15:13

    So nice to hear !!! Now for all the other louts to go !!!

  • Don II
    July 03, 2012 - 15:13

    I wonder if Stevie will appoint ODA to some cushy Government job or Board or maybe even put her in the Senate, there are 3 openings there now. It appears that Politicians like ODA never get punished they always land softly somewhere in the Government machinery to continue milking the public treasury.

  • Joe it all
    July 03, 2012 - 14:22

    Maybe she could take Steve with her?????

  • Robert
    July 03, 2012 - 14:15

    And the experts wonder why so many people don't bother to vote anymore! Would be interesting to see what she would pay for a glass of orange juice if it was coming out of her own pocket!

  • CheerBear
    July 03, 2012 - 13:55

    Well, that's to be expected. She's worked more than long enough to be entitled to that big, fat pension that we're paying for, and can now leech off us for the rest of her life, out of the spotlight.

  • Blair
    July 03, 2012 - 13:47

    So what is the deal here? She will now get a 6 figure salary in a do nothing patronage position. One way or another she will be well paid off to get out of the public eye. Now if we could only see MacKay say so long. I do not suspect any of this is going to help the Haprer hating.

  • David Wilson
    July 03, 2012 - 13:44

    Must be nice to have a $16 glass of orange juice. At that price I hope it was freshly squeezed by the Queen herself.