12/14/2011 03:25 EST | Updated 02/13/2012 05:12 EST

New Brunswick government defends use of government airplane for weekend trips

FREDERICTON - New Brunswick's Opposition Liberals are raising questions about the use of the provincial government airplane.

Acting Liberal Leader Victor Boudreau says there were no notices of government events in northwest New Brunswick last weekend, but the government plane made three round-trips between Fredericton and St-Leonard.

Boudreau says the only event in the area was a Conservative fundraising dinner in Edmundston.

In the legislature, Infrastructure Minister Claude Williams said he would need to inquire about the plane's use.

But outside the legislature, he told reporters that Premier David Alward used the airplane to fly to a meeting in St-Leonard on Saturday concerning issues there and in Grand Falls, and the premier drove home to Woodstock.

He says the plane was used again Sunday to fly members Madeleine Dube and Danny Soucy to Fredericton for a meeting of the government-renewal committee, and returned them home later in the day.

Dube says she normally drives to meetings, but in this case time didn't allow that.