Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Opposition Wants Limits on Government Jet Use, Harper Defends Status Quo

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Opposition Wants Limits on Government Jet Use, Harper Defends Status Quo

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NDP pushes to limit use of government jets

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OTTAWA - The federal Opposition is pushing for restrictions on the use of government jets for non-government business.

The New Democrats have tabled a motion in the House of Commons that would see the use of Ottawa's Challenger jets limited to government purposes.

The motion comes after recent media reports revealed that a Conservative fundraiser has travelled extensively in recent years with Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

The reports indicated that Mark Kihn travelled on a Challenger jet with the prime minister and his family on several occasions over a number of years.

The New Democrats say the flights were subsidized by taxpayers because Kihn was billed an average of $260 a flight, including one between Montreal and Calgary.

The New Democrats say Harper should be bound by the same rules that govern the rental of charter aircraft by members of Parliament.

"There is no good reason why Conservative party officials are flying around on these planes and not even paying the full costs," said NDP ethics critic Charlie Angus. …

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