Health Minister Jane Philpott to repay $520 for Air Canada lounge access

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Jane PhilpottThe Canadian Press
Ottawa: Health Minister Jane Philpott is repaying $520 billed to taxpayers to access Air Canada lounges in North America and Europe.

The minister says she will also repay other expenses that may be deemed inappropriate by her department.

The minister’s move to reimburse Canadians comes after the Opposition Conservatives used the Access to Information Act to obtain the receipt for a one-year airport lounge membership.

Last week, Philpott said she would repay $3,700 in high-end car service costs after it was revealed she billed for $1,700 on one day and more than $1,900 on another day.

The minister’s department is also reviewing 20 trips to Toronto Pearson International Airport that cost a total of $3,815 to see if taxpayers were charged fair-market value.

The car service, used to take the minister between work events, was provided by a limo company owned by a volunteer who canvassed for Philpott in the last election.