McKenna’s pricey ‘climate change’ tour burned a lot of jet fuel: Report – Toronto Sun

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Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Catherine McKenna announces priority funding consideration is being made for the Edmonton Capital Line South Extension, during a press conference at the Century Park LRT station, Tuesday July 27, 2021.
Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Catherine McKenna announces priority funding consideration is being made for the Edmonton Capital Line South Extension, during a press conference at the Century Park LRT station, Tuesday July 27, 2021. Photo by David Bloom /Postmedia Network

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Prior to leaving politics, Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna reportedly burned a lot of fuel during her cross-Canada farewell “climate change” tour.

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According to Blacklock’s Reporter, McKenna and nine staffers spent nearly $42,000 and tens of thousands of litres of aviation fuel during a 10-day tour to make speeches on global warming over the summer.

Accounts showed McKenna logged 22,600 kilometres from July 24 to Aug. 4 when she flew from Ottawa to Toronto and Vancouver, back to Toronto then on to Edmonton, Iqaluit and Pangnirtung.

Blacklock’s Reporter noted that a roundtrip flight from Edmonton to Toronto produces 500 kilograms of carbon emissions per passenger using the emissions calculator by the International Civil Aviation Organization.

At a time when B.C. was battling dangerous and destructive wildfires, McKenna preached that Canadians needed to reduce air pollution during her visit to Edmonton on July 27.

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“Consider that the transportation sector represents a quarter of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions,” McKenna said when she was making an announcement for public transit funding.

“If you look at what’s happening across the country, you have fires that are burning, literally incinerating towns in a matter of hours,” McKenna said. “When you consider that in British Columbia seniors are dying because of the extreme heat.”

The trip cost $41,917, including $24,665 spent on air fares, $9,876 on hotel rooms, and $5,473 for meals.

The Ottawa Centre MP announced in late June that she was not seeking re-election to spend more time with her three children and to fight climate change.

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