ALBERTA

Alison Redford Flights: Opposition Politicians Want RCMP Probe

07/29/2014 01:29 EDT | Updated 09/28/2014 05:59 EDT
Alberta opposition politicians are calling on the RCMP to investigate former premier Alison Redford over findings by the auditor general about her use of government aircraft.

An internal report to the government from Merwan Saher, obtained exclusively by CBC News, found that “false passengers” were booked on the planes making it possible for Redford to fly alone with her entourage.

The passengers’ names were removed just before printing the flight manifest, the report said.

Wildrose finance critic Rob Anderson is holding a news conference Tuesday afternoon to formally call on Premier Dave Hancock to ask the RCMP for an investigation.

Liberal Leader Raj Sherman also called for an investigation.

“This is a waste of taxpayer money and a deliberate attempt to mislead,” Sherman said. “We need an RCMP investigation into this issue.”

Sherman said that Finance Minister Doug Horner, whose department oversees the government's plane fleet, also needs to be held accountable.

Saher believes that Redford derived a “personal benefit” by taking her daughter on dozens of government flights.

Sherman believes that Redford, who remains the MLA for Calgary Elbow, should pay back the cost of those flights.

Two of the three candidates running to replace Redford as Progressive Conservative Party leader are also weighing in.

Ric McIver is holding a news conference in Edmonton at 11:30 MT. Thomas Lukaszuk, who served as Redford’s deputy premier, tweeted that he would ask caucus to consider her removal from the PC caucus.

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