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Jason Kenney’s principal advisor claimed over $11,000 a month in travel costs

David Knight-Legg was under fire last year for racking up $45,000 in travel expenses over 4 months. That amount has increased to over $112,000.

David Knight-Legg, principal advisor, for Jason Kenney was under fire last year for racking up travel expenses. By early September 2019, he had already claimed $45,000 in airfare, accommodation, and meals, according to the Calgary Herald.

That amount has increased to over $112,000.

Between May 2019 and March 2020, Knight-Legg, who coincidentally is originally from Lethbridge, claimed $112,412.02 in meals, airfare, ground transportation, accommodations, and other costs. That’s $11,241.20 per month on average.

Over those 10 months—April and May 2020 expenses haven’t been submitted yet—he claimed $45,990.48 in accommodations, $39,333.61 in airfare, $11,628.92 in meals, $9,377.74 in ground transportation, $3,244.14 in mileage, $2,813.60 in other expenses, and $23.53 in “working session” expenses for something called the “Alberta Investment Strategy Discussion”.

Here’s how the costs break down per event since September:

DateEventHotelsAirfareMeals GroundMileageOtherTotal
1–4 SepLondon stakeholder meetings955.393,441.89442.14146.890.0043.955,030.26
5–7 SepCalgary stakeholder meetings0.000.0064.7031.93151.5022.05270.18
9 SepLondon stakeholder meetings1,614.251,001.080.000.000.000.002,615.33
Alberta Investment Strategy Discussion0.000.000.000.000.0023.5323.53
13–24 SepUS mission4,970.351,819.511,457.041,126.950.00161.159,535.00
25–28 SepCalgary meetings773.36327.73138.60385.110.00135.401,760.20
1–3 OctCalgary meetings437.84686.9692.30253.380.0014.701,485.18
9–15 OctToronto meetings837.611,668.76198.551,600.180.0068.254,373.35
20–28 OctEdmonton, Calgary stakeholder meetings1,375.29357.13247.25287.350.00271.952,538.97
31 Oct–4 NovMexico mission1,552.422,072.01474.1180.060.0058.604,237.20
6–7 NovStakeholder meetings0.000.000.0055.490.000.0055.49
11–14 NovCalgary stakeholder meetings589.41706.9197.05202.780.0022.051,618.00
17–25 NovCalgary, Houston stakeholder meetings3,218.472,984.06426.46350.810.0087.957,067.75
26 Nov–3 DecBusiness forum, Calgary meetings1,041.120.00293.20798.360.00141.452,274.13
5–12 DecToronto, Ottawa stakeholder meetings2,409.021,862.46332.40409.740.0051.455,065.07
13–19 DecLondon, Munich mission2,119.60710.161,068.61619.300.0087.904605.57
7–9 JanLondon meetings0.00999.55322.59107.080.0022.001,451.22
10–18 JanMontreal, Edmonton, Calgary meetings1,174.341,252.96318.75300.500.0058.803,105.35
23 JanEdmonton meeting0.000.000.0015.180.000.0015.18
28 Jan–16 FebBanff, Montreal, Edmonton, Calgary, DC meetings4,549.133,074.321,266.09555.96279.78226.459,951.73
22 FebCalgary meetings0.000.000.000.00151.500.00151.50
1–16 MarEdmonton, Calgary, NYC, Toronto meetings3,843.682,202.49796.20591.11303.00117.357,853.83
31,461.2825,167.988,036.047,918.16885.781,614.9875,084.22

Knight-Legg claimed on average $10,724.89 per month between September and March. The monthly average breaks down further to

  • Accommodations: $4,494.47
  • Airfare: $3,595.43
  • Meals: $1,148.01
  • Ground transportation: $1,131.17
  • Mileage: $126.54
  • Other: $230.71

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By Kim Siever

Kim Siever is an independent journalist based in Lethbridge, Alberta. He writes daily news stories, focusing on municipal, provincial, and federal politics, specializing in investigative journalism and critical analysis from a leftist political lens. He also writes regular editorials on general politics and social issues.

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