Critics are questioning the Alberta government’s decision to spend more than $200,000 to hand out free iPod touches to passengers on a promotional train during the recent Winter Olympic Games, reports the “Global Calgary” (

“It’s a little bit over the top to spend that much money handing out free iPods,” NDP Leader Brian Mason told the publication. “I just feel a little bit annoyed that my tax dollars went to provide a great party to people I don’t even know.”

Don Boynton, Travel Alberta’s spokesman, said the iPod touches were essentially media kits. The province bought 1,400 at a total cost of $276,000.