Alberta premier on taxpayer group's 'naughty' list
EDMONTON - The Canadian Taxpayers Federation has put Alberta Premier Alison Redford at the top of its provincial government â€śnaughtyâ€ť list for staying in a Washington hotel that charged $876 a night.
The federation says Redfordâ€™s posted expense claims also show she charged taxpayers for $22 coffees and a $31 hamburger while in the U.S. capital.
The CTF later said on its website that Redford's office had clarified that the $22 claimed for coffees was for pots of coffee.
Other Redford expenses in 2013 included an almost $8,000 airfare to New Brunswick and a $6,000 flight to Chicago.
The taxpayers group also singled out Thomas Lukaszuk (loo-KAHâ€™-zuhk), who was deputy premier and advanced education minister until a recent cabinet shuffle.
It points out he spent more than $9,000 on a trip to Europe and claimed 17 flights between Edmonton and Calgary.
Justice Minister Jonathan Denis heads the â€śniceâ€ť list for _ quote _ â€śhaving the most boring expense claim two yearsâ€™ running.â€ť
Alberta has an expense disclosure policy which directs senior government officials to post their expenses online.