EDMONTON, AB (August 7, 2014): Premier Dave Hancock must demand the immediate resignation of Finance Minister Doug Horner after today’s Auditor General’s report confirmed unprecedented abuses of government aircraft and other resources under his watch.
The Auditor General’s investigation into the use of government aircraft – which Horner controls as Finance Minister – showed repeated instances of planes used for personal business and partisan PC party fundraisers. He found there was “no formal oversight structure” into the planes’ use. In total, the rampant abuse of the fleet under Horner’s watch cost taxpayers $3.9 million in 2012 alone.
The report details how the controversial residential suite in the Federal Building – the so-called Sky Palace – was not cancelled, as the PC government repeatedly claimed. It also confirms the cost of the government’s India/Switzerland mission – reported at $131,374 – was closer to $450,000.
“Mr. Horner has completely and utterly failed to do his job – and the Auditor General confirms as much,” Wildrose MLA Kerry Towle said. “Albertans should not have to endure one more day of this Mr. Horner’s shocking incompetence. This is the man in charge of making sure their dollars are treated with the utmost respect. Instead, under his watch, they were treated with the utmost contempt. Premier Hancock must demand his immediate resignation.”
Horner also misled the Legislature when he insisted there was legitimate government business in Grande Prairie in October 2012 the day planes flew several PC MLAs there to attend a PC party fundraiser that night. The Auditor General concluded there was no such government business.
“Mr. Horner simply can’t continue in this role,” Towle said. “His credibility is gone. He must go.”