EDMONTON, AB (March 11, 2014): Premier Alison Redford and several PC MLAs and senior staff used a Government of Alberta plane to travel to and from a PC fundraiser in Grande Prairie in 2012, the Wildrose Official Opposition revealed today.
According to the flight manifest, Redford, Health Minister Fred Horne, then Infrastructure Minister Wayne Drysdale and four senior staffers boarded the plane on October 25, 2012 in Edmonton at 3:40 p.m. and arrived in Grande Prairie at 4:32 p.m. That evening, the PC party held a $250-a-plate Leader’s Dinner fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. The plane then departed Grande Prairie for Calgary at 9:56 p.m. that night with Redford and Horne joined by MLAs Christine Cusanelli, Cal Dallas, Ken Hughes and Donna Kennedy-Glans. The official purpose stated on the flight manifest is listed as “Attend meeting(s) with government officials.” “We already knew the Premier used the taxpayer funded aircraft for her own personal use. Now we know the PC cabinet uses it for partisan political activity,” Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith said. “The government’s abuse of these planes is bordering on ludicrous. They’re for government business only. They’re not to get the Premier to and from her favourite vacation spots or to raise money for the PC party.” In Question Period today, Smith demanded the PC party reimburse taxpayers for paying to get Redford and her MLAs to the event. “This is a very serious abuse of tax dollars,” Smith said. “The PC party needs to do the right thing and pay back whatever was spent getting their people to and from their fundraiser.”