Federal cabinet minister Joe Oliver and three officials spent approximately $52,000 to take a taxpayer-funded government VIP Challenger jet to Paris for less than two days, government flight manifests show.
Former finance minister Jim Flaherty and a handful of officials spent more than $65,000 taking a Challenger jet on two separate short business trips to Mexico City, another major city with plenty of flight options, the records show.
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and two of his officials used a Challenger jet while in Africa for international meetings (although they travelled to Africa on commercial aircraft), while fellow cabinet ministers Peter MacKay and Leona Aglukkaq have also hopped aboard the Challengers for trips that cost taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars.
Details of the taxpayer-funded trips on the Challenger jets are found in documents recently tabled in the House of Commons. The documents also show Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Gov. Gen. David Johnston have spent close to $4 million combined, travelling on the jets more than 100 times each during the last three years.