The money saved isn't as important as the attitude change. You have to give credit where credit is due.
The rookie Conservative government has reined in wining and dining on the public dime, with some cabinet ministers opting for working lunches in Parliament Hill boardrooms instead of fancy restaurants.
Lists of hospitality claims, publicly disclosed on the Web, show most senior staffers and ministers are frugal when billing taxpayers for meals. Some cabinet ministers -- including Heritage Minister Bev Oda, Agriculture Minister Chuck Strahl, Defence Minister Gordon O'Connor and Environment Minister Rona Ambrose -- have not claimed expenses for a single meal since they took office in February.