Finance minister says $8,000 flight to attend commerce lunch was worth it

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REGINA — Saskatchewan's finance minister says it was worth spending nearly $8,000 on a private plane to attend a chamber of commerce lunch.

Donna Harpauer says the price tag for the March flight from Regina to North Battleford and back was high.

But she says it's the cost of doing business.

Harpauer says she took the flight, along with a staffer, because she was too tired to make the 400-kilometre drive, return to Regina, then head to her constituency of Humboldt.

She says it's disappointing people are fixating on the single trip and not her overall travel expenses.

She says last year she spent $11,000 on travel and is not a frequent flyer or a big spender.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 19, 2022.

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