Canada: Green guru calls for cash, books buxom bodyguards
We all know David Suzuki is a saint. Especially now that he’s 76, and refers to himself in the third person, as “an elder.” Recently, Suzuki told his fellow CBC employee George Stromboulopoulos, ” I feel though, at my age, no one can accuse me of wanting more fame or power or money.”
That’s what he says. But what does he do? Suzuki’s visit to a small junior college in Montreal last October paints a different picture.
To give a one-hour talk, Suzuki billed them $30,000 plus expenses. Add in his airline ticket, his $841 hotel bill, a photographer and other costs, and the total hit for his visit was $41,640. From a small, publicly funded school…
But again, his visit to John Abbott College was instructive. Suzuki had what rock stars call a “rider” – other conditions for having the great man visit.
Here is an exact quote from John Abbott College’s Mary Milburn, in an e-mail obtained through access to information: “We have learned, via Dr. Suzuki’s assistant, that although the Dr. does not like to have bodyguards per se, he does not mind having a couple of ladies (females) that would act as body guards in order that he may travel from one venue to another without being accosted too many times along the way.
“Why females you ask? Well, he is a male. No seriously, I believe it is his way of being discrete [sic] and less intimidating.”
Remind you of anything?