Here's evidence showing just how much the Alberta government has drifted over the past decade.
Alberta's high-flying politicians racked up the air miles in 2005 with more than 50 out-of-country trips at a cost to taxpayers of more than $620,000.
Washington, D.C., was a popular destination, but cabinet ministers and a few Tory MLAs visited China, Taiwan, Germany, South Africa, Ireland, Australia, London, the U.K., Finland, Mexico, Sweden and Israel.
Premier Ralph Klein didn't travel the most, but his trips to Europe, South Africa, Colorado, New York, Washington, D.C., and Boston rang up the biggest bill, at a cost to taxpayers of $108,857.48.
What's that old cliche? Culture of what?