Alison Redford expensed $22 coffees: Taxpayers Federation

Premier Alison Redford speaks during the swearing in of her new cabinet at Government House in...

Premier Alison Redford speaks during the swearing in of her new cabinet at Government House in Edmonton, Alta., on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. (Ian Kucerak/QMI Agency)

Matt Dykstra, Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 5:22 PM ET

EDMONTON — Premier Alison Redford deserves a big lump of coal under the tree this Christmas for overspending, says a tax watchdog.

According to documents found by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, Redford, who in addition to numerous expensive flights and hotel stays, also ordered several $22 coffees when she was in Washington in April.

“They could be really big coffees. It could be whole pots of coffee, but I don’t know how any coffee can be $22,” CTF Alberta Director Derek Fildebrandt said.

Jobs, Skills and Labour Minister Thomas Lukaszuk was also highlighted in the CTF list.

“Minister Lukaszuk sure does love flying to Calgary any chance he can get,” Fildebrandt said. “No driving for him. He even managed to find an excuse to be in Calgary on ‘government business’ for five days during Stampede.”

Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo MLA Mike Allen got special mention for his July arrest in St. Paul, Minn. for soliciting a prostitute while on a government trip.

On the other hand, Justice Minister Jonathan Denis was lauded for his frugality.

“Last year, Denis even went to a German beer hall, and didn’t even expense a beer,” Fildebrandt said.


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