Spendin’ money like it’s goin’ outta style – part two

Based mainly upon an – I think, well-deserved – question from a commenter to my post on some of Jennifer Lynch’s spending habits below, I thought I’d take some time to look through a couple of the expenditures of Jennifer Lynch’s companions in the Human Rights Commission biz. Also, thanks to Free Dominion poster ‘Styky’ for posting a link to some of these expenditures to a Free Dominion forum discussion. I’m sure I could have found them on my own, but coming across them helped to galvanize me into writing this post.

And so, I’ll start here, where the expenses for the Chief Commissioner ( Jennifer Lynch ), the Deputy Chief Commissioner ( David Langtry ), and the Secretary General of the CHRC are listed.

We already know a good portion of Jennifer Lynch’s travelling expenses over the past couple of years.

Here are the expenses for the CHRC’s Deputy Chief Commissioner over the past few years, not necessarily in any particular order:

November 2008 – February 2009:

For: Langtry, David, Deputy Chief Commissioner
Purpose: To conduct regular business at Commission Headquarters.
Start Date: 2008-11-17
End Date: 2008-12-05
Destination(s) Ottawa
Air Fare: $522.31
Other Transportation: $89.00
Accomodation: $1,890.00
Meals and incidentals: $697.10
Other: $0.00
TOTAL: $3,198.41

 

 

For: Langtry, David, Deputy Chief Commissioner
Purpose: To conduct regular business at Commission Headquarters.
Start Date: 2008-12-07
End Date: 2008-12-12
Destination(s) Ottawa
Air Fare: $669.57
Other Transportation: $64.00
Accomodation: $540.00
Meals and incidentals: $476.15
Other: $0.00
TOTAL: $1,749.72

 

 

For: Langtry, David, Deputy Chief Commissioner
Purpose: To conduct regular business at Commission Headquarters.
Start Date: 2009-01-26
End Date: 2009-01-30
Destination(s) Ottawa
Air Fare: $591.35
Other Transportation: $91.00
Accomodation: $673.48
Meals and incidentals: $356.65
Other: $0.00
TOTAL: $1,712.48

 

 

For: Langtry, David, Deputy Chief Commissioner
Purpose: To conduct regular business at Commission Headquarters.
Start Date: 2009-02-16
End Date: 2009-02-20
Destination(s) Ottawa
Air Fare: $523.01
Other Transportation: $64.00
Accomodation: $718.68
Meals and incidentals: $370.35
Other: $0.00
TOTAL: $1,676.04

 

 

For: Langtry, David, Deputy Chief Commissioner
Purpose: To conduct regular business at Commission Headquarters.
Start Date: 2009-02-22
End Date: 2009-02-27
Destination(s) Ottawa
Air Fare: $585.99
Other Transportation: $66.00
Accomodation: $898.35
Meals and incidentals: $387.65
Other: $0.00
TOTAL: $1,937.99

March-May 2009 ( ICC ):

For: Langtry, David, Deputy Chief Commissioner
Purpose: To participate in the Sub-committee on accreditation and to attend the ICC 22nd session of the meeting of the International Coordinating Committee of the National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.
Start Date: 2009-03-21
End Date: 2009-04-02
Destination(s) Geneva
Air Fare:  4,684.32$
Other Transportation:  264.05$
Accomodation:  3,097.65$
Meals and incidentals: 1,583.89$
Other:  0.00$
TOTAL: 9,628.91$

 

 

For: Langtry, David, Deputy Chief Commissioner
Purpose: To represent ICC Chair at the International Seminar – Effective Implementation of the convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its  Optional Protocol
Start Date: 2009-05-11
End Date: 2008-05-15
Destination(s) Rabat, Morroco
Air Fare:  2,836.87$
Other Transportation:  50.00$
Accomodation:  0.00$
Meals and incidentals: 330.82$
Other:  24.10$
TOTAL: 3,241.79$

March-May 2009:

For: Langtry, David, Deputy Chief Commissioner
Purpose: To conduct regular business at Commission Headquarters.
Start Date: 2009-03-02
End Date: 2009-03-05
Destination(s) Ottawa
Air Fare:  474.81$
Other Transportation:  84.00$
Accomodation:  532.23$
Meals and incidentals: 326.20$
Other:  0.00$
TOTAL: 1,417.24$

 

 

For: Langtry, David, Deputy Chief Commissioner
Purpose: To conduct regular business at Commission Headquarters.
Start Date: 2008-03-08
End Date: 2008-03-12
Destination(s) Ottawa
Air Fare:  633.69$
Other Transportation:  92.00$
Accomodation:  532.23$
Meals and incidentals: 326.20$
Other:  0.00$
TOTAL: 1,584.12$

 

 

For: Langtry, David, Deputy Chief Commissioner
Purpose: To conduct regular business at Commission Headquarters.
Start Date: 2009-03-15
End Date: 2009-03-20
Destination(s) Ottawa
Air Fare:  318.07$
Other Transportation:  32.00$
Accomodation:  887.05$
Meals and incidentals: 425.05$
Other:  0.00$
TOTAL: 1,662.17$

 

 

For: Langtry, David, Deputy Chief Commissioner
Purpose: To conduct regular business at Commission Headquarters.
Start Date: 2009-04-06
End Date: 2009-04-09
Destination(s) Ottawa
Air Fare:  610.61$
Other Transportation:  89.00$
Accomodation:  532.23$
Meals and incidentals: 333.00$
Other:  0.00$
TOTAL: 1,564.84$

 

 

For: Langtry, David, Deputy Chief Commissioner
Purpose: To conduct regular business at Commission Headquarters.
Start Date: 2009-04-20
End Date: 2009-04-23
Destination(s) Ottawa
Air Fare:  547.71$
Other Transportation:  57.00$
Accomodation:  539.01$
Meals and incidentals: 333.00$
Other:  0.00$
TOTAL: 1,476.72$

 

 

For: Langtry, David, Deputy Chief Commissioner
Purpose: To conduct regular business at Commission Headquarters.
Start Date: 2009-04-26
End Date: 2009-04-26
Destination(s) Ottawa
Air Fare:  1 037.10$
Other Transportation:  64.00$
Accomodation:  711.90$
Meals and incidentals: 336.80$
Other:  0.00$
TOTAL: 2,149.80$

 

 

For: Langtry, David, Deputy Chief Commissioner
Purpose: To conduct regular business at Commission Headquarters.
Start Date: 2009-05-04
End Date: 2009-05-07
Destination(s) Ottawa
Air Fare:  520.41$
Other Transportation:  64.00$
Accomodation:  518.67$
Meals and incidentals: 333.00$
Other:  0.00$
TOTAL: 1,436.08$

 

 

For: Langtry, David, Deputy Chief Commissioner
Purpose: To conduct regular business at Commission Headquarters.
Start Date: 2009-05-25
End Date: 2009-05-28
Destination(s) Ottawa
Air Fare:  449.54$
Other Transportation:  64.00$
Accomodation:  545.79$
Meals and incidentals: 333.00$
Other:  0.00$
TOTAL: 1,392.33$

December 2007 – February 2009:

For: Langtry, David, Deputy Chief Commissioner
Purpose: To conduct regular business at Commission Headquarters.
Start Date: 2007-12-03
End Date: 2007-12-07
Destination(s) Ottawa
Air Fare: $896.88
Other Transportation: $77.00
Accomodation: $702.24
Meals and incidentals: $309.20
Other: $0.00
TOTAL: $1,985.32

 

 

For: Langtry, David, Deputy Chief Commissioner
Purpose: French Immersion Training
Start Date: 2008-01-06
End Date: 2008-01-18
Destination(s) Ottawa
Air Fare: $790.02
Other Transportation: $640.78
Accomodation: $84.47
Meals and incidentals: $448.50
Other: $0.00
TOTAL: $1,963.77

 

 

For: Langtry, David, Deputy Chief Commissioner
Purpose: To conduct regular business at Commission Headquarters.
Start Date: 2008-01-28
End Date: 2008-01-31
Destination(s) Ottawa
Air Fare: $611.31
Other Transportation: $58.00
Accomodation: $696.08
Meals and incidentals: $334.50
Other: $0.00
TOTAL: $1,699.89

 

 

For: Langtry, David, Deputy Chief Commissioner
Purpose: To conduct regular business at Commission Headquarters.
Start Date: 2008-02-11
End Date: 2008-02-15
Destination(s) Ottawa
Air Fare: $648.73
Other Transportation: $58.00
Accomodation: $673.48
Meals and incidentals: $383.05
Other: $0.00
TOTAL: $1,763.26

April-May 2008:

For: Langtry, David, Deputy Chief Commissioner
Purpose: To conduct regular business at Commission headquarters and CRRF Conference
Start Date: 2008-04-27
End Date: 2008-04-30
Destination(s) Ottawa/Calgary
Air Fare: $2,483.95
Other Transportation: $85.00
Accomodation: $462.20
Meals and incidentals: $257.45
Other: $0.00
TOTAL: $3,288.60

 

 

For: Langtry, David, Deputy Chief Commissioner
Purpose: To conduct regular business at Commission Headquarters.
Start Date: 2008-05-11
End Date: 2008-05-16
Destination(s) Ottawa
Air Fare: $574.93
Other Transportation: $83.00
Accomodation: $904.00
Meals and incidentals: $381.25
Other: $0.00
TOTAL: $1,943.18

 

 

For: Langtry, David, Deputy Chief Commissioner
Purpose: To conduct regular business at Commission Headquarters.
Start Date: 2008-05-26
End Date: 2008-05-30
Destination(s) Ottawa
Air Fare: $574.93
Other Transportation: $58.00
Accomodation: $723.20
Meals and incidentals: $275.50
Other: $0.00
TOTAL: $1,631.63

 

 

For: Langtry, David, Deputy Chief Commissioner
Purpose: To attend the 20th session of the Annual Meeting of the International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.
Start Date: 2008-04-12
End Date: 2008-04-24
Destination(s) Geneva
Air Fare: $4,212.55
Other Transportation: $40.93
Accomodation: $2,586.41
Meals and incidentals: $1,508.42
Other: $0.00
TOTAL: $8,348.31

 

 

For: Langtry, David, Deputy Chief Commissioner
Purpose: To conduct regular business at Commission Headquarters.
Start Date: 2008-03-24
End Date: 2008-03-28
Destination(s) Ottawa
Air Fare: $643.53
Other Transportation: $58.00
Accomodation: $696.08
Meals and incidentals: $285.95
Other: $0.00
TOTAL: $1,683.56

 

 

For: Langtry, David, Deputy Chief Commissioner
Purpose: To conduct regular business at Commission Headquarters.
Start Date: 2008-03-03
End Date: 2008-03-07
Destination(s) Ottawa
Air Fare: $893.96
Other Transportation: $58.00
Accomodation: $673.48
Meals and incidentals: $298.60
Other: $0.00
TOTAL: $1,924.04

June-August 2008:

For: Langtry, David, Deputy Chief Commissioner
Purpose: To conduct regular business at Commission headquarters.
Start Date: 2008-06-22
End Date: 2008-06-27
Destination(s) Ottawa
Air Fare: $655.25
Other Transportation: $63.00
Accomodation: $723.20
Meals and incidentals: $417.55
Other: $0.00
TOTAL: $1,859.00

 

 

 For: Langtry, David, Deputy Chief Commissioner
Purpose: To conduct regular business at Commission headquarters and attend the annual meeting of CASHRA 2008.
Start Date: 2008-06-08
End Date: 2008-06-13
Destination(s) Ottawa/Niagara-on-the-Lake
Air Fare: $3,077.94
Other Transportation: $86.00
Accomodation: $904.00
Meals and incidentals: $368.40
Other: $0.00
TOTAL: $4,436.34

 

 

For: Langtry, David, Deputy Chief Commissioner
Purpose: To conduct regular business at Commission headquarters.
Start Date: 2008-08-18
End Date: 2008-08-22
Destination(s) Ottawa
Air Fare: $430.76
Other Transportation: $64.00
Accomodation: $708.75
Meals and incidentals: $350.35
Other: $0.00
TOTAL: $1,553.86

 

 

For: Langtry, David, Deputy Chief Commissioner
Purpose: To conduct regular business at Commission headquarters.
Start Date: 2008-08-25
End Date: 2008-08-28
Destination(s) Ottawa
Air Fare: $881.00
Other Transportation: $64.00
Accomodation: $708.75
Meals and incidentals: $257.45
Other: $0.00
TOTAL: $1,911.20

October 2008 ( ICC ):

For: Langtry, David, Deputy Chief Commissioner
Event Description: Discussion on the roles and responsibilities of the upcoming Commonwealth Forum meeting.
Date(s): 2008-10-18
Attendee(s): (Employees/Guests) Employees (3) Guest (4)
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
TOTAL: $39.38

 

 

 For: Langtry, David, Deputy Chief Commissioner
Event Description: ICC planning meeting, to go over logistics and specifics for ICC meeting.
Date(s): 2008-10-18
Attendee(s): (Employees/Guests) Employees (3) Guest (3)
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
TOTAL: $310.45

October-November 2008 ( ICC ):

For: Langtry, David, Deputy Chief Commissioner
Purpose: To attend ICC 9th International Conference of NHRIs & Commonwealth NHRIs Forum Meeting.
Start Date: 2008-10-17
End Date: 2008-10-24
Destination(s) Nairobi, Kenya
Air Fare: $8,007.98
Other Transportation: $64.00
Accomodation: $1,884.93
Meals and incidentals: $807.66
Other: $0.00
TOTAL: $10,764.57

 

 

 For: Langtry, David, Deputy Chief Commissioner
Purpose: To attend ICC Sub-Committee on accreditation.
Start Date: 2008-10-31
End Date: 2008-11-08
Destination(s) Geneva
Air Fare: $4,097.56
Other Transportation: $138.25
Accomodation: $1,663.20
Meals and incidentals: $960.83
Other: $0.00
TOTAL: $6,859.84

 

 

For: Langtry, David, Deputy Chief Commissioner
Purpose: To attend Network of the Americas Meeting.
Start Date: 2008-11-18
End Date: 2008-11-23
Destination(s) Merida,Mexico
Air Fare: $2,309.86
Other Transportation: $63.00
Accomodation: $824.54
Meals and incidentals: $308.03
Other: $0.00
TOTAL: $3,505.43

September-November 2008:

For: Langtry, David, Deputy Chief Commissioner
Purpose: To conduct regular business at Commission headquarters.
Start Date: 2008-09-02
End Date: 2008-09-05
Destination(s) Ottawa
Air Fare: $648.01
Other Transportation: $64.00
Accomodation: $708.75
Meals and incidentals: $320.20
Other: $0.00
TOTAL: $1,740.96

 

 

 For: Langtry, David, Deputy Chief Commissioner
Purpose: To conduct regular business at Commission headquarters and attend the annual meeting of CASHRA 2008.
Start Date: 2008-09-07
End Date: 2008-09-12
Destination(s) Ottawa
Air Fare: $1,104.97
Other Transportation: $64.00
Accomodation: $708.75
Meals and incidentals: $417.55
Other: $0.00
TOTAL: $2,295.27

 

 

For: Langtry, David, Deputy Chief Commissioner
Purpose: To conduct regular business at Commission headquarters.
Start Date: 2008-09-15
End Date: 2008-09-19
Destination(s) Ottawa
Air Fare: $702.13
Other Transportation: $91.00
Accomodation: $708.75
Meals and incidentals: $363.95
Other: $0.00
TOTAL: $1,865.83

 

 

For: Langtry, David, Deputy Chief Commissioner
Purpose: To conduct regular business at Commission headquarters.
Start Date: 2008-09-21
End Date: 2008-09-26
Destination(s) Ottawa
Air Fare: $758.68
Other Transportation: $89.00
Accomodation: $708.75
Meals and incidentals: $404.70
Other: $0.00
TOTAL: $1,961.13

 

 

For: Langtry, David, Deputy Chief Commissioner
Purpose: To conduct regular business at Commission headquarters.
Start Date: 2008-09-28
End Date: 2008-10-02
Destination(s) Ottawa
Air Fare: $664.97
Other Transportation: $64.00
Accomodation: $708.75
Meals and incidentals: $337.50
Other: $0.00
TOTAL: $1,775.22

 

 

For: Langtry, David, Deputy Chief Commissioner
Purpose: To conduct regular business at Commission headquarters.
Start Date: 2008-10-05
End Date: 2008-10-10
Destination(s) Ottawa
Air Fare: $816.83
Other Transportation: $64.00
Accomodation: $708.75
Meals and incidentals: $425.05
Other: $0.00
TOTAL: $2,014.63

 

 

For: Langtry, David, Deputy Chief Commissioner
Purpose: To conduct regular business at Commission headquarters.
Start Date: 2008-10-14
End Date: 2008-11-14
Destination(s) Ottawa
Air Fare: $499.07
Other Transportation: $89.00
Accomodation: $2,929.50
Meals and incidentals: $1,287.50
Other: $0.00
TOTAL: $4,805.07

 

 

For: Langtry, David, Deputy Chief Commissioner
Purpose: To attend CASHRA mid-year meeting.
Start Date: 2008-11-26
End Date: 2008-11-30
Destination(s) Toronto
Air Fare: $404.58
Other Transportation: $94.00
Accomodation: $457.65
Meals and incidentals: $181.40
Other: $0.00
TOTAL: $1,137.63

Well, I think we can safely rest assured that David Langtry’s expenses make Jennifer’s look like the spending of an eighty-year old dowager. His average expense seems to run between $1500-2000, with the occasional $10,000-or-so junket for the ICC.

Boy, I wish I were David Langtry.

Now, on to the CHRC’s Secretary General. They seem to have gone through a couple over the past few years, so I’ll just list the latest expenses of the latest Secretary General – Karen Mosher ( For the rest, go here ).

February 2009:

For: Mosher, Karen, Secretary General
Purpose: Visit to Edmonton and Vancouver Regional Offices
Start Date: 2009-02-03
End Date: 2009-02-06
Destination(s) Edmonton/ Vancouver
Air Fare: $2,373.80
Other Transportation: $184.72
Accomodation: $592.12
Meals and incidentals: $235.10
Other: $3.86
TOTAL: $3,389.60

 

 

For: Mosher, Karen, Secretary General
Purpose: Visit to Halifax Regional Office
Start Date: 2009-02-10
End Date: 2009-02-10
Destination(s) Halifax
Air Fare: $520.03
Other Transportation: $189.00
Accomodation: $0.00
Meals and incidentals: $13.15
Other: $0.00
TOTAL: $722.18

March 2009:

For: Mosher, Karen, Secretary General
Purpose: To attend the 22nd Session of the meeting of the International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.
Start Date: 2009-03-20
End Date: 2009-03-27
Destination(s) Geneva
Air Fare: $4,915.30
Other Transportation: $171.54
Accomodation: $1,354.85
Meals and incidentals: $829.56
Other: $0.00
TOTAL: $7,271.25

You know, of the three, I think I like Karen the most.

By the way, I know I said I wouldn’t list any of the expenses of prior CHRC Secretary Generals, but this one was just too good to pass up:

For: Goulet, Hélène, Secretary General
Event Description: Beverages (water) to participants during interviews for a Director’s position.
Date(s): 2008-01-09
Attendee(s): (Employees/Guests) 3 Government employees plus 6 Candidates
Location: Canadian Human Rights Commission Office
TOTAL: $14.70

Anyway, I think it’s safe to say that while we could probably say that Jennifer Lynch over-spends a little more than a tad, she is by no means the biggest spender for the CHRc. Way to go, Langtry.

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14 Responses to Spendin’ money like it’s goin’ outta style – part two

  1. Don Sharpe says:

    It’s pretty clear Langtry’s not riding his bike much, or eating at Arby’s.

    His ‘carbon footprint’ from all that useless air travel would probably be shocking to those who believe in current the phoney greenhouse science.

    • I know, eh? Mbrandon from the Free Through Truth blog emailed me earlier today – he’s done a run-down on Langtry’s numbers, and he’s probably costing the taxpayer about $40,000 dollars a year, just going back and forth to and from Ottawa for normal business.

  2. To be entirely fair to David Langtry and the CHRC, it’s highly unlikely he’s the only one in the public service who enjoys the privilege of travelling to and from Ottawa and Winnipeg on weekends.

    Like I say on my blog though, that doesn’t make the practice any better – or any less a drain on taxpayers’ money.

    • Exactly. You’re right – he’s hardly the only one. But it’s just one more reason to take a second glance at the HRCs’ behavior.

    • Kevin Kindred says:

      Yeah, that’s more what I meant with my original comment. When I suggested you not focus on Lynch, I was thinking of comparing her (or the CHRC staff) to similarly-placed administrators (say, the Privacy Commissioner, the Competition Commissioner, the Auditor-General, etc.)

      Applause for public scrutiny to spending habits, but I still think you might be unfairly making it look like a CHRC issue.

      • I think that’s a fair criticism – I know it’s not just a CHRC issue, and I don’t want to make it look like one.

        I think, though, that while this certainly isn’t damning evidence ( because I’m sure it’s not just isolated to the CHRC and people like David Langtry ), it’s just sort of one area where I think the CHRC could be criticized. Just like if I was running a blog about the Canada Revenue Agency, or the Privacy Commissioner, and focused on their spending and/or over-spending.

  3. Don Sharpe says:

    Continuing to spend money on the CHRC is like feeding a stray dog that keeps biting the neighborhood kids.

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