Red Carpet Night Cost $12K

The Privy Council Office billed taxpayers $12,450 for a Hollywood-style cocktail party honouring “excellence” by communications staff, according to Access To Information records. Plans for the three-hour event included red carpeting, velvet ropes and a master of ceremonies in a tuxedo. The Privy Council yesterday did not comment: “We would love to have a purple carpet, if possible, and balloons.”

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