October 31, 2012
Taxpayers foot bill for StatsCan hotel damage
By Jessica Murphy, Parliamentary Bureau
OTTAWA -- Taxpayers are on the hook for $4,000 for a Statistics Canada census taker who damaged a hotel room.
The number-crunching agency confirmed Wednesday they'd cut a cheque for the damage caused by a StatsCan enumerator at a branch of Hampton Inn and Suites.
"What I can say is that this was a worker who was employed for the enumeration of the census of population and this worker is no longer employed by Statistics Canada," an agency spokesman said.
StatsCan also paid out $1,413 for damage to a door and frame caused by a storm after a homeowner accused an agency worker of not closing it properly after delivering a census form.
Statistics Canada is not alone in paying out thousands of dollars in claims against the Crown.
Public accounts documents released this week by the federal government highlight a raft of small claims for accidents involving Crown-owned vehicles, personal-injury claims and pension settlements.
Other payouts include $2,980 paid by Fisheries and Oceans for damaged lobster gear caught in scientific monitoring equipment, $9,427 from Parks Canada Agency for damage to a motor home, and $863,000 paid in five separate settlements by Transport Canada for cost-recovery claims related to a hot-air-balloon accident.