Prime Minister Trudeau flew out to Alberta to show support for the Liberal candidate, Stan Sakamoto, in the Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner by-election. It’s leaving me with a few questions about campaign spending.
The Liberals are throwing the kitchen sink and the Prime Minister at Conservative candidate Glen Motz after a by-election was triggered by the death of the popular conservative MP, Jim Hillyer.
Trudeau's team is making assurances that the Liberal party is paying for the flight out to Medicine Hat because there was no actual government business on the agenda, unless you count selfies. That's great, but there is a campaign spending cap in the by-election of $77,859.12.
The travel of the Prime Minister and his entourage to come out to a campaign rally, while not being paid for this time by the Canadian taxpayer, is a campaign expense.
The Prime Minister’s challenger jet costs about $14,000 per hour in the air. I have a flight manifest from February from one of Trudeau's trips out west. The flight time length was 8.5 hours in the air from Calgary and back to Ottawa putting the estimated cost of the PM’s flight for the southern Alberta Liberal selfie junket at $122,400.
That blows through the entire campaign spending cap in one shot! The Liberals need to explain how this can happen and try to justify it.
Medicine Hat is a deep blue riding, voting nearly 70% Conservative historically. The Liberals are going to lose but that won’t stop Trudeau from stuffing his ego, wasting money and pushing the limits of campaign rules to do it.
If Trudeau is willing to overlook campaign finance laws for a by-election he knows he’ll lose, and lose badly, imagine what he would do in a hotly contested riding?