Records show pricey flights for Jim Prentice while he was cabinet minister: NDP

Alberta’s NDP says records indicate Jim Prentice racked up more than $400,000 using government aircraft during his 4 1/2 years as a federal cabinet minister.

EDMONTON — Alberta’s NDP says records indicate Jim Prentice racked up more than $400,000 using government aircraft during his 4 1/2 years as a federal cabinet minister.

The NDP’s Deron Bilous says some of the charges seem needlessly extravagant.

He says there were near-empty flights, deadhead flights and short-haul excursions when there were plentiful commercial options.

Bilous says in one case Prentice flew himself and two staff to Norway for almost $42,000, when commercial flights were about half that amount.

Prentice is one of three candidates vying to replace Alison Redford as Progressive Conservative leader and premier.

He has promised to end the extravagant spending — including the frequent use of government planes — that helped lead to Redford’s resignation.

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