Alberta to Sell Government Planes After Report of Misuse

Alberta will sell its fleet of government planes after a report showed elected officials had misused the service.

Government officials will begin to fly commercially effective immediately, Premier Jim Prentice said today in a briefing with journalists in Edmonton. The aircraft cost C$3.9 million ($3.6 million) more than using commercial alternatives.

“The Alberta government is no longer in the business of owning planes,” Prentice said in the briefing.

Prentice took over this week as premier of Canada’s third-largest provincial economy after former Premier Alison Redford stepped down in March amid a scandal involving air travel. Prentice has said he plans to re-build trust in the governing Progressive Conservative party, while helping to get oil pipelines constructed.

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