So as to maintain some sort of an audit trail of those who use taxpayers dollars to travel to and fro, they MUST fill in a Travel Authorization form, signed by someone further up the chain of command eg.
10.4.4 Minister Out-of-province/country Travel
Approval for out-of-province and out-of-country travel is delegated as follows. A Travel Authorization Form FIN 99 (government access only) is required:
Traveler Approved By* Minister (out-of-country)** Premier Minister (out-of-province) Minister Parliamentary Secretary Minister Minister's Office Staff Minister Deputy Minister (out of province) Deputy Minister Deputy Minister (out of country) Minister
*This authority cannot be delegated to a subordinate.
**Ministers should submit a request for approval of their out-of-country travel plans not less than four weeks in advance of finalizing such plans. The request for authorization should be directed to Executive Branch, Office of the Premier.
The Premier, being a busy lady that she is, decided that with a stroke of a pen, eliminated a ton of paperwork for some of her staff, like the "Principal Secretary". When the PS travels, either Out of Province or Out of Country there's a requirement on the part of "PS" to adhered to. A "Travel Authorization" document MUST be filled in each time a flight is to be taken, and the Premier has to put her signature to the document on the line that says "Premier" or in some cases the WORD "Minister" is crossed out and "Premier" printed in.
This conglomeration of documents says otherwise
FOI Request - FIN-2011-00124Applicant Type: Political Party
Fees paid by applicant: $0.00
Publication Date: November 23, 2011
all expense records and taxpayer costs for Premier Clark to attend the Western Premiers meetings in June and for any other meetings and/or travel the Premier had during the four days before these meetings and the four days following, including expense records/costs for anyone accompanying the Premier. Time frame is June 15 to June 28, 2011.
On page 18 of the document link directly above, there is Christy Clark's "To whom it may concern"
On page 19 is a Cris Olsen letter from the "Premier" which is the same as the Principal Secretary
In other words, if the public, or media, were to go searching for the amount of times that the Travel Authorization was granted, given, by the Premier to any of her Subjects, there wouldn't be an accurate trail.....and those that do carry the special treatment warrant can go anywhere in the world without asking permission because the documents exists just like this:
The first paragraph stipulates that the Principal Secretary must accompany the Premier. The Second paragraph says something quite different.