Service Alberta Minister Stephanie McLean likes to boast that her NDP government is so much different from the luxury loving administrations of yesteryear. McLean likes to think her NDP are far removed from the limo aficionados in the Federal government too.
In the wake of the Jane Philpott limo scandal, McLean claimed the NDP are always careful to safeguard public dollars. She even assured the Sun Newspaper chain that neither she nor her fellow cabinet ministers would ever use an executive car service. They travel like the rest of us unwashed masses in the Alberta proletariat.
Except they don’t. I have the Freedom of Information documents to prove it.
Last year, when the Premier’s entourage went to COP21, the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, they hired a car service. And it wasn’t cheap. The Premier’s crew hired an executive car service to the tune of 1495 Euros. That’s $2,218 Canadian.
To show their gratitude to the driver for a job well done, the NDP bought the limo driver’s lunch. But you and I paid for it. They expensed that too.
Stephanie McLean is on the record saying her NDP government does not use executive car services. They do. Maclean didn’t tell the truth and she didn't think anyone would ever fact check her.
The NDP are counting on the mainstream media to give them the benefit of the doubt. We didn’t.
The NDP aren’t different than the Redford Tories. They have the same contempt for taxpayers and the same appetite for luxury. They just wear orange ties instead of blue.