09/16/2014 11:11 EDT | Updated 06/16/2017 00:53 EDT

Jim Prentice says Alberta to sell fleet of government planes

Jim Prentice, newly sworn in as Alberta's premier, said the cabinet's first decision will be to sell the government's fleet of four aircraft.

Prentice told reporters Tuesday that the government "doesn't need airplanes to access Alberta."

"Effective immediately, the premier and cabinet will be expected to fly commercial."

The use of government planes has long been a controversial topic in the province.

Earlier this year, the province’s auditor general released a report that slammed former premier Alison Redford over her use of government aircraft, including booking false passengers to the flights and gaining "personal benefit" by taking her daughter on dozens of government flights.

Prentice said that use of charter planes will have to be approved and that travel will be used for "government business only."

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