June 17, 2015

NDP's Megan Leslie's $6000 flight is scandalous -- but secret Liberal MP spending is the bigger story

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Here's the latest case of political entitlement: Megan Leslie is a NDP MP who recently flew from Nova Scotia to Edmonton and back.

The flight cost taxpayers over $6000! How is that possible?

I have a theory about why MPs spend so much more on routine travel than ordinary people.

He also shares a little known fact about Air Canada, which he learned when he flew more than he does now.

PS: Justin Trudeau is promising more transparency, but I checked and Liberal MPs haven't updated their online financial disclosures for a full year!

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commented 2015-06-17 21:37:45 -0400
Many world wide "corporate meetings are conducted with their own version of skype. You think 12 hrs flight is necessary for face to face meetings? Come on!
The astronauts were “conveying” the information from the moon for a long time now.
commented 2015-06-17 20:27:23 -0400
Megan is just another Silver Spoon Socialist!
commented 2015-06-17 20:27:23 -0400
Megan is just another Silver Spoon Socialist!
commented 2015-06-17 18:46:42 -0400
This NDPee MP has a nasty mind to go along with her bad mouth. She attempts to come across like a little angel but she appears to be just as bent as the rest of her Gang.
commented 2015-06-17 17:02:37 -0400
Henry. So true. I keep in touch with friends all over the country utilizing some of the methods you alluded to. There is probably a fair amount of ego involved with this superfluous travel MP’s think they’re entitled to. There’s that word again! Entitlement!
commented 2015-06-17 16:11:28 -0400
Have any of our MPs heard of modern technology like Skype and video-conferencing? If they would look at these technologies, I bet they’d find that a great many of their trips could be avoided entirely, saving the taxpayers real money.

Last year, Edward Snowden, who is effectively confined to Russia due to his leaks of NSA information, participated in a SXSW (South By Southwest), an annual event in Austin Texas. How did he do that without risking arrest as he crossed into the airspace of the United States or countries with which the US has extradition treaties? Simple: he didn’t travel at all. He used a video-conferencing setup to deliver his lecture.

But Skype and video-conferencing are probably expensive, right? No, they aren’t. Skype is free if you use to talk between two computers. As long as those computers both have internet connections, it doesn’t matter if you are talking to someone in a far distant country and whether you talk for seconds or hours at a time: it’s completely free. If the other person doesn’t have a computer, you can still use Skype and then you pay only a very reasonable 3 cents a minute or so for the phone portion of the conversation.

Video-conferencing can also be free. I’m in a book club and we meet in Ontario. But we also have a member who is on Vancouver Island. He joins us via a free video-conferencing program. We used to use AnyMeeting and are now using Fuze; both are totally free. (You may need to acquire a webcam and/or a microphone but those are not usually expensive.)

Why aren’t our MPs – and bureaucrats for that matter – using technology like this whenever possible to communicate? I can’t help but wonder if it isn’t simply vanity: the idea that if you are seen to be flying all over the country or the world, you are a bigshot. Or is it simply lack of imagination? Perhaps they simply can’t see that this technology is something they could use. Or do they simply want a change of scenery? If that’s it, maybe we could pay for subscriptions to a travel channel or give them some travel videos….

You can’t eliminate all government travel this way but I’ll bet you could make a very big dent on it if you halfway tried.
commented 2015-06-17 15:46:58 -0400
Is she a shadow minister for anything? If not regular Jo MPs should fly coach. Period.
commented 2015-06-17 15:12:26 -0400
the enn-dee-pee communist pigs still owe taxpayers $4M that these pigs spent on themselves illegally.
commented 2015-06-17 14:13:55 -0400
“Entitled to their Entitlements” Seems to be a common denominater for Lieberals and Dippers. The media went nuts over Bev Oda’s orange juice, and she, justifiably paid the price for it. Why the deafening silence from the Socialist Media now? Oh wait. They’re lefties supporting lefties. Nothing to see here! Move along! This is a good example of what will happen in the fall if the Lieberals or Dippers gain Gov’t. Working Canadians will be under assault like never before, at least since PET’s or Jean Chretien’s days! B.T.W. Air Miles/Points mean nothing to me. With the amounts confiscated from my pay cheques for taxes etc, I figured out a long time ago, that even if I managed to acquire enough “points” to actually go somewhere, I could not afford to be there anyway! Accomodations are not cheap either.
commented 2015-06-17 14:06:42 -0400
Let’s just hope she isn’t being transplanted into AB politics. I can’t stand this Marxist nut.
commented 2015-06-17 13:52:32 -0400
And her flight was from Ottawa to Edmonton and bock – on the same day.