Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Frugal Flyers or Free Spenders?


According to a November, 2008, Toronto Star story, (click here) the Prime Minister's office suggested the government was considering a requirement for all flights expensed by employees to be economy class.

Fast forward four months later and it looks as though most high ranking bureaucrats in the federal government have been flying economy. However, as the posted expense documents on the government's web site only includes the cost of air fare, not actual copies of flight receipts, one can only guess as to whether or not officials are flying economy or not.

Keeping that in mind, here are a few that caught our eye:

1) Associate Deputy Minister, Canadian Heritage
Air fare cost: $3,659.84
Destination: Vancouver
Date: Jan 14, 2009 to Jan 17, 2009

2) Assistant Deputy Minister, International and Intergovernmental Affairs and Sport, Canadian Heritage
Air fare cost: $3,235.71
Destination: Vancouver
Date: 2009-01-14 to 2009-01-17

3) Deputy Minister, Canadian Heritage
Air fare cost: $1,814.54
Destination: Halifax
Date: 2009-02-19 to 2009-02-20

4) Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer, Canada Revenue Agency
Air fare cost: $5,634.63
Destination: Kyoto, Japan
Date: 2009-01-09 to 2009-01-14

5) Associate Assistant Deputy Minister - Industry Sector, Industry Canada
Air fare cost: $3,470.26
Destination: Calgary
Date: 2009-01-18 to 2009-01-19

6)Assistant Commissioner, Legislative Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Canada Revenue Agency
Air fare cost: $3,620.06
Destination: Victoria, B.C.
Date: 2009-02-10 to 2009-02-11

7) President, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Air fare cost: $3,422.29
Destination: Calgary
Date: 2009-01-13 to 2009-01-15

8) Assistant Deputy Minister, Meteorological Service of Canada
Air fare cost: $1,975.36
Destination: Miami, Florida
Date: 2008-12-07 to 2008-12-09

9)Deputy Minister, Environment Canada
Air fare cost: $3,096.54
Destination: Calgary
Date: 2008-12-16 to 2008-12-18

10) Senior Deputy Commissioner of Competition - Competition Bureau - Mergers Branch, Industry Canada
Air fare cost: $3,147.15
Destination: Paris, France
Date: 2009/02/11 - 2009/02/23


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