Former Alberta premier's staff dinged taxpayers over $350,000

On Thursday, the government posted two sets of documents online related to expenses incurred by...

On Thursday, the government posted two sets of documents online related to expenses incurred by Alison Redford's former executive assistant Ryan Barberio and former government employee Michelle Tetreault after multiple freedom of information (FOIP) requests by CBC News. (FILE PHOTO)

Matt Dykstra, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:37 AM ET

EDMONTON -- Former premier Alison Redford should consider resigning as a MLA, says PC leadership candidate Thomas Lukaszuk, after new documents show taxpayers were dinged for more than $350,000 in travel expenses from just two of Redford's staff.

On Thursday, the government posted two sets of documents online related to expenses incurred by Redford's former executive assistant, Ryan Barberio, and former government employee Michelle Tetreault after multiple freedom of information (FOIP) requests by CBC News.

The documents show Tetreault expensed almost $330,000 between May 2012 and January 2014 as her "unique" role in Alberta International and Intergovernmental Relations (IIR) was to scout travel to places like India, China, Switzerland and Washington and plan Redford's accommodations, meals and meetings in advance.

IIR Minister Cal Dallas said Redford created Tetreault's position to suit her own personal requirements for travel. The post was later cut by Premier Dave Hancock and Dallas refused to say if the government received good value for the money spent.

"I guess by the action that we've taken, and the fact that the position has been eliminated and that we're proposing to deliver advanced services in a different manner, you can conclude we feel that services can be delivered more efficiently," Dallas said.

 


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