EDMONTON, AB (October 2, 2012): The Wildrose Official Opposition is today calling for full disclosure on Premier Alison Redford’s $518,000 trip to the London Olympics – in accordance with the government’s new expense policy announced last month.
The policy includes posting expenses online for Ministers and senior government staffers for “travel, accommodation, meal and hospitality expenses.” However, the London trip failed to meet these standards with no detailed expenses posted for ministerial travel by Premier Redford, Culture Minister Heather Klimchuk, Tourism Parks and Recreation Minister Christine Cusanelli or the three staffers accommodating them on the trip. “The costs for these trips are truly inconceivable with costs running completely out of touch with reality. We need to know how exactly this trip got so wildly out of control,” Wildrose Official Opposition Leader Danielle Smith said. “Failing to post the detailed expenses of the trip just shows how this government would rather lavish themselves with goodies than put Albertans first. So we’re calling on Premier Redford to abide by rules she set out for her own government and post all receipts from London immediately.” Wildrose MLA Bruce McAllister said withholding information taxpayers are entitled to shows the PC government is the same old and only out for themselves. “This government continues to seem more interested in unloading hundreds of thousands of dollars on perks for PC insiders, corporate welfare or on empty hotel rooms than on the priorities of Albertans,” McAllister said. “Albertans deserve to know where their money was spent and why it was spent so irresponsibly on this Olympic-sized boondoggle.”