The minister responsible for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) has resigned from both Stephen Harper‘s cabinet and her elected position as Conservative MP for the Ontario riding of Durham. The controversy-plagued Oda announced her resignation this morning without giving a clear explanation.
No doubt, the resignation is a bitter pre-emptive strike against Harper’s imminent cabinet reshuffle. She was a strong candidate for the boot. Since 2007, Oda has hopped from one public firestorm to another, especially over her spending habits. And for her politicization of CIDA funding decisions.
While attending an international donors’ conference in London last year, Oda switched from her original $287-a-night reservation at the posh Grange St. Paul’s Hotel, to a $665-a-night one at the more luxurious Savoy. According to the Toronto Star: “She also expensed a $16 glass of orange juice and nearly $3,000 to be driven around the city in a luxury car.”