N1 Posted March 24, 2005 Report Share Posted March 24, 2005 Cottage helicopter trips OK for Hydro One boss, minister says CBC News TORONTO – Energy Minister Dwight Duncan defended the chief executive of Hydro One on Wednesday following revelations that the utility boss used a company helicopter for trips to the cottage. Records show that Tom Parkinson used the helicopter for travel to Muskoka three times last year. Duncan said the travel fell within guidelines set by the publicly owned utility's board of directors. "These things are always difficult to explain to people," Duncan said. "I have to rely on the board of directors, whom I have confidence in, to set proper policy and to enforce those policies." Opposition politicians ridiculed Duncan's defence of Parkinson. "Unlike the minister, I would say this is real easy to explain to the people of Ontario as their hydro rates are increasing over and over again," said New Democrat Marilyn Churley. "This is a rip-off of taxpayers." Parkinson's predecessor, Eleanor Clitheroe, was forced to resign in 2002 following a public outcry about her compensation and expense account. Parkinson was paid a total of nearly $1.5 million in 2004, up from almost $1.1 million in 2003. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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