Taxpayers billed $330K for Redford’s personal travel scout: documents

Alberta Tory leadership candidate Thomas Lukaszuk says Alison Redford needs to consider whether she’s fit to serve as a member of the legislature given the latest spending revelations.

EDMONTON — Alberta Tory leadership candidate Thomas Lukaszuk says Alison Redford needs to consider whether she’s fit to serve as a member of the legislature given the latest spending revelations.

Lukaszuk says Redford’s spending on herself and inner circle while serving as premier doesn’t reflect the values of any party in the legislature.

Lukaszuk made the comments after new documents revealed that while Redford was premier, her office directed a government staffer to be a personal advance travel scout at a cost of almost $330,000.

International Relations Minister Cal Dallas says no reason was given by Redford’s office for the job and the position was cancelled after she resigned.

The two other candidates in the race to be Tory leader say extravagant spending has no place in government travel.

Redford could not be reached for comment.

Widespread criticism of Redford’s spending from within her own caucus is one reason why she quit the top job in March.

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