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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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Philpott billed taxpayers $520 for airport lounge access

  1. There is never only one cockroach in the kitchen.

    One…luxury sedan services.
    Two…luxury airport services.

    Jane, Jane, Jane…what is next.

    • Gosh….how much did it cost to send Harps limo to India and back again?

      • If you wish to defend Philpott’s use of tax dollars, by all means do so. But attempting to divert to something the Conservative government did in 2012 is more of an admission that Philpott is in the wrong than anything else.

      • I’ll help you…It supposedly cost 25K to send Maggie Trudeau, Sophie’s parents and 41 others plus the PM and Sophie on an all expenses paid 3 days of fun-filled excitement to Washington to meet the Obama’s but all the expenses aren’t ALL in. Are you buying that? Me neither. Not when a limo for a day costs $1,700.00. No way. What do you think the bill was to go to Paris for 300 plus for the climate conference?
        Oh and you were in the military. So was my brother in law. Both of you were at Cold Lake but he was in Baden Baden Germany. We shipped his car to Baden Baden…us, the taxpayers, along with a whole lot of military personnel’s cars. Never mind the PM’s special bullet proof Limo. When we had a base in Germany, we shipped, Chevies that weren’t bullet proof and my brother in law was there in 1990. What government was running the country then?

  2. So, all Cabinet ministers do this, or just Philpott?

  3. In Ottawa, ministers of the crown have government limousines for official business travel, and no one complains. Outside Ottawa, I believe that they should be entitled to similar services.

    I do not wish that a minister of the government should use a taxi for business travel, or rent a self-drive car. Equally, I do not wish to see a minister sitting on a stool at the Tim Horton’s section.

    These hysterical screams from the opposition parties who should know (from their term in office) that these costs are quite normal for such services. Actually, I didn’t know that worldwide airport luxury lounge membership was so inexpensive … that’s relatively acceptable compared the business class flight cost itself.

    Note; We need to distinguish between ministers and other members.

    • Which gets back to my question above: do all Cabinet ministers do this, or is Philpott an outlier?

      Given that she apologized and is paying back the limo costs (presumably with the PM’s blessing), then one would guess she’s the outlier and the other Cabinet ministers don’t indulge in this manner. And, *if* that is indeed the case, then the question is why should she be more entitled than any other Cabinet minister? If that’s not the case, then let’s have a discussion about the practices of this and past governments to see what’s historically been considered reasonable vs what’s being done now.

      FWIW, I’m not necessarily disagreeing that Cabinet ministers should get some special treatment. I’d just like to know more. And I would appreciate Philpott being consistent on the issue – in one breath she apologizes, in another she says she can’t be expected to ride in a taxi because they’re not “safe and secure and reliable”.

      • Not safe. What if one of her volunteers owns the cab?

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