There is no doubt the reporters on the NDP campaign bus are pampered. The airplane seats are the equivalent of first class and food is available at every turn.
Other buses offer similar amenities.
But make no mistake. Our news organizations are paying to keep us fêted in this style as we travel the country following the party leaders.
The cost of putting a single reporter on a bus for the full five-week tour ranges between $30,000 and $50,000. And while that covers transportation, meals and Internet service, hotel rooms are extra. Which means the price of bringing the words of the men who hope to lead this country can run to $55,000 per reporter.
Let's put that into some perspective.
A popular Internet site is currently offering a 108-day around-the-world cruise on the luxury liner, the Queen Mary 2, with a balcony, for $27,644.