Pricey upgrades to Redford ‘sky palace’ sees bill soar to almost $1M: Wildrose

Alberta’s Opposition Wildrose party says new documents reveal taxpayers shelled out a lot more than originally thought for the so-called “sky palace.”

EDMONTON — Alberta’s Opposition Wildrose party says new documents reveal taxpayers shelled out a lot more than originally thought for the so-called “sky palace.”

The province has said it cost $173,00 for design concepts to change the top floor of a government building to a luxury penthouse for former premier Alison Redford.

But Wildrose member Kerry Towle says a freedom of information search reveals that the change orders that result from the new designs brings the total bill to more than $930,000.

The change orders include $45,000 for drapes, $43,000 for stone and porcelain wall and floor tiles, and $97,000 for custom millwork.

Towle says the Opposition also found an order for a $32,000 soap dispenser, but can’t determine if it was to be in the penthouse.

The penthouse suite project was shut down this spring as Redford resigned as premier in a mounting scandal over lavish travel expenses.

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