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Philpott billed taxpayers $520 for airport lounge access

Receipt obtained by Conservatives shows Philpott billed taxpayers for membership to Air Canada’s executive airport lounges


 
Minister of Health Jane Philpott and International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau speak to reporters in the House of Commons foyer on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, regarding investments in the global fight against the Zika virus. (Sean Kilpatrick/CP)

Minister of Health Jane Philpott and International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau speak to reporters in the House of Commons foyer on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, regarding investments in the global fight against the Zika virus. (Sean Kilpatrick/CP)

OTTAWA – The federal Conservatives are raising new questions about Health Minister Jane Philpott’s travel expenses.

A receipt obtained by the official Opposition shows she billed taxpayers $520 for a year’s membership to Air Canada’s executive airport lounges in North America and Europe.

Conservative health critic Colin Carrie wants Philpott to pay back the money, calling it another example of the minister’s lack of judgment.

Philpott’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Last week, Philpott said she would pay back $3,700 in high-end car service costs after it was revealed she billed for $1,700 on one day and more than $1,900 on another day.

The minister’s department is also reviewing 20 trips to Toronto Pearson International Airport that cost $3,815 to see if taxpayers were charged fair-market value.

The car service – used to take the minister between work events – was provided by a limo company owned by a volunteer who canvassed for Philpott in the last election.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the minister’s situation is a reminder his government must be “extremely careful” about its expenses and the public trust it holds.


 
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