NDP accuses Raitt of conflict-of-interest

Official opposition claims labour minister received perks from Air Canada CEO

The NDP is calling for a formal investigation into conflict-of-interest allegations involving Labour Minister Lisa Raitt after it was reported she accepted a free seat upgrade from Air Canada CEO and executive vice-president Duncan Dee. The upgrade, worth about $550 $450, took Raitt from economy to business class, and occurred on Sept. 25. Raitt’s chief of staff, Douglas Smith, reportedly received the same perk on Oct. 10. Raitt’s office has denied the upgrades ever took place. The accusation comes after Raitt moved to block a strike by Air Canada’s flight attendants earlier this week.


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