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.