$48,000 spent on grounded flight crew during PM’s Caribbean vacation

Taxpayers are on the hook for an estimated $48,000 spent so that the prime minister’s flight crew could sit on a tarmac during his family vacation to St. Kitts and Nevis, CTV News has learned.

For security reasons, the prime minister is required to travel only on Department of National Defence aircraft.

Just one of the people…

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    That’s fabulous.

  • canminuteman

    As much as I hate Zoolander, this is just the cost of running the government. And the flight crew would have been getting paid whether they were sitting on the tarmac in the Caribbean or Ottawa. Really, the only extra expense is paying the flight crews temporary duty costs for being away from home, and I figure they deserve some payback for having to fly Zoolander around.

    • Alain

      I understand your point but think you are missing the main point here. Had this happened with Steven Harper, it would be non-stop front page news of how he wasted tax payer dollars. If we had an unbiased media, then I would totally concur with your point of view.

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  • Minicapt

    The question should be, “Why a Caribbean vacation for the Prime Minister?”


    • Clink9

      Surprised he’s not staying in Cuba.

      • mauser 98

        wonder if one could spend $2500 a night in Cuba like BoyBummer?
        search only showed per week

      • DavidinNorthBurnaby

        Maybe we could trade him for some cigars. (Cue the Bill Clinton jokes in 5 …4 …3 …)

  • Because PM Trust-fund doesn’t pay for his holidays. YOU do.

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    Can you imagine the howls of outrage from the MSM if this had been the, you know, Caligula-like Harper? :rolleyes Peter Mancrush would lead a baying pack demanding a public inquiry.

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    On the plus side, the more time this idiot spends on vacation, the less time he has for doing stupid things and screwing everything up.

    • Waffle

      Be careful what you wish for. It gives more time for Gerry and Omar to do their dirty work.

  • Reader

    It used to be Daddy’s now it our’s

  • simus1

    Don’t worry, Shiny Pony will “really” need an entire squadron of Bombardier Regional jets for government use if that is what it eventually takes to get the ball rolling.

    • DavidinNorthBurnaby

      Well, Bombardier *has* been the fed’s favourite corporate welfare bum since forever so …

      • simus1

        The really ironic part was that this all goes back to Pierre and his shot in the dark decision to keep the design team and tin benders at Canadair and P&W Canada on life support working on a generic executive jet project called Challenger. What should have been a sinkhole for taxpayer dollars turned into a gold mine through a series of strange twists and turns, including oil crises, massive changes in how airlines utilized aircraft, and Germans desperate to sell us tanks.

  • Gary

    Meanwhile his Liberal gov runs ADS at Canadians to promote a vacation in canada to support other canadians in these tough times.

    He hasn’t done squat since being elected and he needed a vacation?

    • DavidinNorthBurnaby

      Wait’ll he’s dancing barefoot with Saudi Sheikhs like his old man and interest rates are over 20% with sky-high unemployment. Oh right, this time around we’ll be enjoying the vibrancy of mass muzzie immigration too. The puff pieces and media tongue baths from the MSM will be non-stop. Ontario, and of course, Quebec, will adore him, the maritimes will always vote for the more welfare party and everyone west of Manitoba (Ontario’s back porch) will want out. Which suits me.