An Ottawa city councillor justified billing taxpayers nearly $6,000 for a business class flight to a conference South Africa, saying that she needed to get up and stretch her legs on the trip. Diane Deans travelled to a conference in South Africa in 2012 as a board member of the troubled Housing Services Corp. She told the Toronto Sun that it was a seventeen and a half hour trip and she needed to move around on the long flight. By contrast, another HSC board member flew to the conference at a cost of only $2,199.
Is that a legitimate reason for taking business class? Should the expense have been approved?