What an appalling piece of work, this article at CBC News on Harper's vacation weekend in New York.
The headline is at best very very misleading and I consider it a simple lie. The article tries to lead one to outrage at the expense, and buries the lede deep in the article; at least the author of the article allows one to figure this story out.
Fact one, quoted from a thid party:
As the prime minister is prohibited from flying commercial for security reasons,
OK, so we the people have determined that if the PM wants a simple vacation he HAS to use the Challenger jet; we impose that on him.
he also compensates the government for the cost of an equivalent commercial flight. In this case, he compensated for the flight for himself, his daughter, and guests at the cost of a commercial fare for each.
So he refunded to the government what this would have cost him had he been allowed to have a normal vacation.
All the rest of that stupid article is innuendo and an attempt to make Harper look bad.
Nice job, CBC. It should have been way more than 20%. Certainly you can fire that headline writer tomorrow for cause, I think. And really, teh reporter did not need to bury the key facts. What a piece of sleaze.