Premier Alison Redford's letter writers to cost $300K

The decision to hire more people to write letters from Premier Alison Redford's office has Alberta's Liberal Opposition Leader angry.

Additional $400,000 set aside for hosting government leaders and decision-makers

Alison Redford's office will spend $300,000 to hire extra letter writers and $400,000 to host guests. (Fred Chartrand/Canadian Press)

Albertans looking to write a letter to Premier Alison Redford could soon get a speedier reply — but that will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The Premier's office is spending $300,000 to hire more people to write letters. While the government says the money is justified, the Liberal Opposition Leader says it's unnecessary.

"They have a public affairs bureau whose budget is over $25 million," said Raj Sherman. "They have ministries that have millions of dollars of communications people. There's absolutely zero justification."

An additional $400,000 is also being designated for hosting the province's guests.

The province says it has an ambitious plan to open new markets for Alberta's resources and wants to invite decision-makers and government leaders to come to Alberta to explore new opportunities — on the province's tab.

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