Has Canada really come to this point?
If you dont think that Canadian government jets should be used for high level CF personnel ask some questions:
Would their security be guarenteed hanging out in a public location and on public transportation?
Obviously it would not.
Would the airforce pilots still be paid and still require hours (qualification) if they were not flying around senior leadership?
Yes they would.
Is the plane going to use fuel anyway?
Yes it would.
I am not a fan of bloated waste but this is not a case of it. The costs are there and the planes and pilots are paid for as is the maintenace and the fuel.
Is there real waste in DND?
Yes but does the 45 flights by cabinet ministers show more waste then the 21 the CDS has taken.
The RCMP has said he can not take commercial jets due to security reasons... and he cuts a check for the price of a commercial flight when the aircraft is used for personal reasons.
Events like a fundraiser in Calgary which is claimed as one of the trips raised over $1.2 million for military family charities. Another event held in Vancouver helped raise $1.5 million for military family charities with the PM's wife in attendance.
"Calgary entrepreneur Brett Wilson spoke out in support of Gen. Natynczyk and his use of the government jet, saying he saw how tightly packed the soldier’s schedule was when he worked to convince him to appear at a March, 2011, fundraiser for military families in Vancouver.