Minister Caines Trip To Canada Cost $3,509.87

August 24, 2018 | 21 Comments

A trip earlier this month by Minister of National Security Wayne Caines to attend Blockchain Futurist Conference in Canada cost $3,509.87, according to a recent listing on the Government’s travel webpage.

The trip duration was listed as from August 15, 2018 – August 17, 2018, and the web page listing said, “The Minister of National Security attended the Blockchain Futurist Conference on August 16th in Toronto, Canada, where he spoke on two panels; 1] discussion on blockchain regulation and 2] discussion on Bermuda FinTech Strategy.

Video of an interview the Minister did at the Blockchain Futurist Conference:

“The Minister attended seven media interviews and fifteen meetings with industry stakeholders including potential companies interested in domiciling in Bermuda. The Minister also met with Stuart G. Davis, Chief Anti-Money Laundering Officer at BMO Financial Group and met at the law firm of Baker McKenzie with Peter MacKay, Partner, in reference to banking cybersecurity.”

Expenses

  • Air Travel: $1,674.30
  • Ground Transportation: $141.83
  • Accommodation: $1,610.32
  • Meals: $83.42
  • Total costs: $3,509.87

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  1. question says:

    $3,600 on two days in Toronto? That is spending hard.

    Will you STOP WASTING OUR MONEY?

  2. Yahoo says:

    Air Travel: $1,674.30

    I guess he can’t sit in economy for a 2.5 hour flight. Just wants to look important on the taxpayers’ dime.

  3. I cld be wrong says:

    huh?
    2 nights for $1,600? That’s $800 per night? (I cld be wrong)
    If I’m right, that’s livin the life….

  4. Vortex says:

    They are at it again. While the country wallows in debt and joblessness.

    There are no hotels in Toronto at $800 a night, so he’s been sipping expensive wine at the hotel bar.

    Boot these clowns out.

  5. Concerned Bermudian says:

    How much for travel and 2 night stay!!??!

  6. mixitup says:

    Lets compare:-

    OBA MINISTER S. Richards (BRAZIL TRIP)

    Expenses
    Air Travel: $20,290.00
    Ground Transportation: $130.00
    Accommodation: $10,991.00
    Meals: $105.00
    Miscellaneous: $50.00
    Total Cost: $31,566.00

    Minister Caines Business trip to Toronto

    Expenses
    Air Travel: $1,674.30
    Ground Transportation: $141.83
    Accommodation: $1,610.32
    Meals: $83.42
    Total costs: $3,509.87

    • Toodle-oo says:

      And Richards and Pamplin were rightly condemned for that mess , even by their own supporters.
      Your selective amnesia is kicking in , yet again .

      Now , let’s talk about DrEB’s trip to the Burj Al Arab shall we ?
      What was our return on the dollar for that junket ?

    • Hey says:

      That Brazil trip was for a number of people silly.

      • aydda Yadda says:

        And for a long period of time. Mixitup is either not very bright or intentionally being misleading.

    • Question says:

      I guess you’ve forgotten how Ewart Brown managed to spend $320,000 in travel in one year. Including $53,000 in limos. That’s why the OBA instituted the travel expenses website. It’s because we can’t trust you lot with taxpayer expense accounts. You go freakin mad.

    • aceboy says:

      Compare like with like please. This is dishonesty.

  7. PANGAEA says:

    Just think how many people living on pensions had to sacrifice for the sake of a persons ego. The majority of us !

    He did no come back with a bag of gold or just the baggage. Did he ?

  8. Realist says:

    So in 2 days he had 7 interviews and 15 meetings. So was he engaged with people every hour without sleep? This sounds a bit inflated to justify the extravagance. This is one Minister who is truly about grabbing all the travels and perks he can meanwhile spouting off like a church Minister to convince people hes about something. Not impressed!

  9. Eve says:

    I really get a good laugh from those who comment on Minister’s travel expenses and perks when they are the same people who are paying the generous travel expenses and perks for BTA staff. The travel expenses and perks provided to BTA staff from the government purse would dwarf what the Minister’s get and spend. BTA is 100% funded from the purse so their travel expenses should be public knowledge too.

    • Double S says:

      BTA isn’t 100% taxpayer funded.

      You PLPers and your constant use of alternative facts is tiring now.

      Try the truth…just for once. I dare you.

      • Onion Breath says:

        “You PLPers and your constant use of alternative facts is tiring now.”

        They’re so much like trump, it’s hilarious.

      • Eve says:

        You should tell the truth, not all BTA funding comes directly out of the purse but what doesn’t would have gone into the purse if not directed to BTA. Bottom line BTA does nothing that earns $$$$$$ that is self-supporting.

  10. PANGAEA says:

    I want to hear

    “Yes we can”
    ” Never say no”
    ” Till we meet again”.
    “Come back, you hear !
    “The isle of rest”.
    “Water sports galore .”
    “Oh ! Island in the sun.”
    ” The worlds number one destination.”
    ” Treasure island”
    “Golden sun tan”.
    “Come back, we love to see you again”
    ” Make Bermuda great again”
    ” Bermuda is another world”.
    ” The worlds largest Cruise Ship”
    ” Pink Sandy beaches”.
    ” Super fast ferries”
    ” Food that is out of this world”
    ” We have the winter sun”.
    “You get a 5,000 star vacation”.
    The most Romantic Island on earth.
    “The clearest water on the Planet”.
    ” Bermuda Fish cakes.”
    ” Five nights ,the last one B & B free”.
    “Hey ! we are build a new Airport just for you .”

    “Nothing is free, if it was, we would give it to you.”

  11. steve says:

    big deal

  12. Me says:

    I am not understanding why the minister for national security is traveling and dealing with block chain ? Surly this is the finance minister that is mr Burt and shadow Wayne Furbert ? Odd really I understand cell phone and bitcoins are equal in that it’s all up in the air but really is W Caine’s being used as a fall guy if it all goes wrong hmm ??!

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