Mr. Barnett J. Danson (Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, guidelines governing the use of official aircraft by ministers during an election campaign were issued in May 1968 by the Prime Minister, and these still prevail.
Official aircraft may not be used for purposes related to the election campaign. This means not merely that government business must be involved in any such journey, but that official aircraft may be used only when the performance of government business is the sole public purpose of the trip. Therefore, governmental aircraft should not be used in cases where the minister, or party concerned, will be engaging in any public political activities even if the trip also involves some government business.
Subtopic: GUIDELINES FOR USE OF GOVERNMENT AIRCRAFT DURING ELECTION CAMPAIGNS