Alta. premier to pay back $3,000 for questionable flights

Alberta Premier Alison Redford announces that she will pay back the costs associated with some...

Alberta Premier Alison Redford announces that she will pay back the costs associated with some personal uses of government aircraft, during a press conference at the Alberta Legislature on Tuesday. (DAVID BLOOM/QMI AGENCY)

Matt Dykstra, Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 10:43 PM ET

EDMONTON - Alberta Premier Alison Redford will pay back $3,156 for questionable costs from five flights over the last two years, but not the controversial $45,000 travel tab for her trip to South Africa.

During a fiery question period on Tuesday which saw all three opposition leaders repeatedly grill the premier over the trip's hefty cost, Redford announced that she has officially asked Auditor General Merwan Saher to review her travel abroad.

"I clearly stood up in front of Albertans, said I screwed up, and took responsibility," said Redford under intense questioning from Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith.

"It was certainly part of the work I did as Premier of this province... I certainly hope that's something that Albertans understand."

In a late afternoon press conference, Redford shocked reporters by announcing she would pay back $3,156.03 for costs associated with five flights between September 2012 and August 2013.


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