Redford used public assets for personal and partisan business: AG

Alberta Premier Alison Redford blows a kiss to members of the gallery as she arrives for the Speech...

Alberta Premier Alison Redford blows a kiss to members of the gallery as she arrives for the Speech from the Throne at the Alberta Legislature, in Edmonton Alta., on Monday March 3, 2014. (David Bloom/QMI Agency)

Matt Dykstra, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:55 PM ET

EDMONTON -- Former premier Alison Redford's used government airplanes "inappropriately" for personal and partisan purposes, Alberta's auditor general says.

In a report released Thursday, Merwan Saher found that the "aura of power" around Redford and her staff led to "a perception that the influence of the office should not be questioned."

"Overall, the expense practices and use of public assets by Premier Redford and her office have fallen short of publicly stated goals," Saher wrote in his review, which was ordered by Redford earlier this spring.

"We observed a tendency to work around or ignore rules in order to fulfill requests coming from the premier's office in ways that avoided leaving the premier with personal responsibility for decisions."

Saher found examples where Redford used government planes to travel to "locations that had events with both business and personal components" as well as three examples where only "partisan business" occurred. He also found examples where Redford's daughter flew on planes with friends and times where her daughter flew alone on the planes.

Saher also found examples of out-of-province travel by Redford that was "not supported by analysis" for mode of travel or cost effectiveness. He also found Redford was the "authorized decision-maker" for planned changes, later scrapped, to the 11th floor of the Federal Building, which would have allowed her a personal premier's suite.

 


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