Ground the 'gravy plane', says taxpayers group
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is asking the provincial government to sell what it calls the "gravy plane". The group's Kevin Lacey says the government airplane is a luxury taxpayers can't afford in times of economic restraint. He notes, other provinces -- even much larger BC -- have gotten rid of their planes, making politicians use commercial airlines and, occasionally, charter planes. Lacey credits the Alward PCs for announcing in the budget they would review what to do with the aircraft, though he doubts whether the cabinet ministers who use the plane will decide they can do without it. The cost of operating the plane is estimated at $1,500 per hour.