PRE­MIER DE­FENDS HIS WORK ETHIC, COSTA RICA VIS­ITS

Edmonton Journal - - CANADA -

Man­i­toba Pre­mier Brian Pal­lis­ter says he doesn’t have to ex­plain his work habits or re­veal how he com­mu­ni­cates with staff while at his va­ca­tion home in Costa Rica. “I work harder than any pre­mier that’s been around here for a long, long time. I don’t have to de­fend my work ethic to you or any­one else,” Pal­lis­ter, pic­tured, said fol­low­ing ques­tion pe­riod Wed­nes­day. “I’m in touch vir­tu­ally ev­ery day.” Pal­lis­ter said in De­cem­ber he planned to spend be­tween six and eight weeks a year at his va­ca­tion home. He later re­vised the es­ti­mate to five weeks. NDP jus­tice critic An­drew Swan has ac­cused Pal­lis­ter of be­ing dis­con­nected from work, be­cause doc­u­ments ob­tained through Man­i­toba’s free­dom-of-in­for­ma­tion law show no records of phone calls be­tween Pal­lis­ter and se­nior staff dur­ing his last four trips to Costa Rica.

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