EDMONTON, AB (April 14, 2014): Following revelations of further government plane abuse by PC MLAs, the Wildrose Official Opposition is today calling on the PC government to sell off the Government of Alberta executive air fleet.
Earlier today, the CBC reported that former Premier Alison Redford used Government of Albert aircraft on multiple occasions for long weekend getaways to Jasper with family members, staff and even the family’s nanny. It is the latest in a string of controversies involving the government fleet, including Redford’s flight to South Africa and MLAs using the planes to fly to and from PC party fundraisers.
Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith said the PCs have proven they can’t be trusted to operate and executive air fleet while serving the taxpayers’ best interests.
“They’ve been caught time and again abusing the planes and wasting taxpayer dollars on personal vacation flights and trips to support the PC party’s fundraising efforts,” Smith said. “It’s time this government got rid of the air fleet once and for all.”
The Government of Alberta fleet consists of four aircraft, two Beechcraft King Air 200s, one Beechcraft King Air 300 and one Bombardier Dash 8. According to Budget 2014, it will cost taxpayers $7.1 million to operate this year.
Provinces such as British Columbia and most recently New Brunswick have sold their executive air fleets in order to save money.
“The planes are to be used for government business and government business only, but the PCs just can’t seem to figure that out,” Wildrose Finance Critic Rob Anderson said. “Rather than continue to waste taxpayers dollars on questionable flights, the PCs should join other provinces in selling off their aircraft and removing the temptation to abuse them.”