The finger pointing over ministerial travel expenses is ramping up at the Saskatchewan legislature with the government and Opposition suggesting each misused taxpayers money on trips.
Premier Brad Wall says taxpayers were on the hook when former NDP premier Lorne Calvert and industry minister Eric Cline went to Paris in 2006.
Mr. Calvert and Mr. Cline had business meetings, but Mr. Wall says documents show they also used a rented van for a sightseeing tour and charged taxpayers.
The NDP says the documents also show that a staffer did not expense the van for the tour and paid cash for it.
NDP Leader Cam Broten says the government is trying to deflect attention from travel expenses made by Social Services Minister June Draude on a trip to London and Ghana.
Ms. Draude has been under fire in the legislature for using a car service in London that cost $3,600 over four days and for $200 spent on lunch with a friend.
Those expenses were filed by Rick Mantey, cabinet secretary and the clerk of executive council, who booked the car and accompanied Ms. Draude on the trip last June. Ms. Draude said she wasn’t aware of the costs until last Wednesday when the NDP released documents it got through a freedom-of-information request detailing the trip.
It was revealed Monday that Mr. Mantey booked the same car service while in London with Finance Minister Ken Krawetz last June, shortly after the Ms. Draude trip.
Mr. Krawetz was meeting with senior bank officials in London. But the car service was expensed for one day when Mr. Krawetz didn’t even use it because it was a day off from meetings.
The cost of the two bookings for the car service was $7,016.77. Mr. Mantey has repaid that expense and the $200 lunch.