It is a common belief that meals served at the Queen's Park cafeteria and the diningroom cost next to nothing because they are subsidized by the taxpayer.
Well, think again. It is quite the opposite. If you plan to visit the Pink Palace bring lots of money. Ever since Eurest, a member of Compass Group Canada, took over last summer the prices have skyrocketed.
A simple breakfast costs $7.00, roughly a 100 per cent increase from the previous company, Sodexho, a division of Marriott hotels. An Indian food buffet for one (and don't bother going back for seconds)? Try $25 with tip, and that's just for lunch. You can go down to Queen Street and have all the Indian food you can eat for $8. And for a turkey burger, be prepared to fork over $12.95 before tax and tip, while a tuna salad sandwich sells in the cafeteria for just under $7.00. Oh, almost forgot, they charge 50 cents for hot water.
But that's not the best part, when Eurest took over the Queen's Park operation it cut the employees' wages by at least $1 an hour. So, the company is paying its workers less and charging more. Good deal for them, bad deal for us.