Canada's Federal Finance Minister charged taxpayers to upgrade his seat on flights and during his time as cabinet minister, spent more than $5,000 two times on in-country flights alone. In July 2012, Joe Oliver spent almost $5,600 on two one-way flights between Calgary and Toronto in order to meet up with steel, gas, oil, and pipeline companies. Just a few months before that, he'd spent just over $6,700 on a trip to Calgary. In March 2014, he upgraded flights between Houston, Toronto, and Ottawa to the tune of $529; in March 2012, he spent almost $500 to upgraded a flight to Vancouver from Edmonton. His ministerial spokesperson said Oliver "followed all the rules" and books business-class flights so he can work while he flies.
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