Saturday, February 03, 2007

Air Ralph

I'm gonna miss this guy...

For those who didn't catch the story, it turns out Ralph Klein billed Alberta taxpayers for his flight to speak at the PC leadership convention.

On Dec. 2, the plane flew without any passengers from Edmonton to Calgary just after 4 p.m., picked up Klein, his wife Colleen, and Klein's top staffer in Calgary, Rich Jones, as well as a government security officer. It then returned to Edmonton.

The Kleins appeared on stage after the leadership vote results were announced and he gave his 11-word thank-you speech: "Thank you all for your support over the years. Thank you."

The four then boarded the same plane in Edmonton at 1:22 a.m., arriving in Calgary at 2:03 a.m. The plane returned to Edmonton, again carrying no passengers.

I'd be very curious what important government business Ralph attended to during his six yours on a Saturday night in Edmonton...


  • I'm sure Ralph or the Conserv party will do the right thing and reimburse the government.

    By Blogger WestmountLiberal, at 9:48 AM  

  • public tax dollars were meant for stockwell day's private legal expenses and for ralph private leadership expenses. dont ever mistake taxpayer dollars for public expenses.

    By Blogger ktr, at 12:42 PM  

  • welcome to canada's banana republic.

    By Blogger canuckistanian, at 1:15 PM  

  • Stockwell Day re-mortgaged his house to pay his own legal bills in regards to the lawsuit over the Letter to the Editor he wrote.
    Who is keeping track of the sitting Liberal MP's who ran for Liberal leadership and when they are re-paying the taxpayers for any leadership expenses covered by their public office?

    By Blogger nuna d. above, at 1:48 PM  

  • nuna; I'm pretty sure that they had to keep all expenses for leadership separate from their MP expenses (at least for those who were sitting MPs). If they'd broken the rules like Ralph did, then yes, one would expect them to repay the cash.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 5:20 PM  

  • An honest mistake...there is no line, not even a blurry one, between the government and the party for most Conservatives...

    By Blogger rms, at 3:30 PM  

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