Redford trip to U.K. cost $500K

A report released by the province shows that Premier Alison Redford’s trip to London this summer cost taxpayers more than $500,000.

EDMONTON — A report released by the province shows that Premier Alison Redford’s trip to London this summer cost taxpayers more than $500,000.

The report highlights just over $87,000 in travel expenses for the premier, ministers and three staff members who went.

Another $431,000 was related to hosting events and profiling Alberta artists.

The province says the London trip was actually downsized from what was originally planned for a saving of $123,000.

The trip took place during the Summer Olympic games.

The province says it was meant to increase investment and open new markets for energy, tourism and culture.

“Building strong and productive relationships is always more of a marathon than a sprint,” Redford said in a statement.

“Our mission to London connected us with key international business and opinion leaders.

“We have seen some good results right out of the blocks and I am confident that we are on track for more.”

Representatives of the Opposition Wildrose said it’s all “the latest example of the waste and mismanagement” that engulfs the Tory government.

“When this government can drop that kind of money on galas, receptions and empty hotel rooms without batting an eye, it’s no wonder we have a $3 billion deficit that’s only getting bigger,” said Wildrose MLA Kerry Towle.

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