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The ministers' travel expenses were posted online yesterday, and a few of us veteran cheapskate backpackers spent some time bitching about how bad the Doer government appears to be at, like, checking out travelocity.com.In fairness, most of the ministers were pretty frugal. Ag Minister Rosann Wowchuck spent about $6,000 on her 10-day trade mission to India, which I don't think is unreasonable at all. Couple readers wrote me to say the same, which is not the feedback you usually get with these kinds of stories. Plus, I actually WANT ministers to travel and learn things and get new ideas, so I am loathe to begrudge a trip.Having said that, there was one tidbit in the pages of forms that is too funny to go unmentioned.Healthy Living Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross went to an aboriginal women's summit in Corner Brook, Nfld and spent about $450 on her flight. I couldn't have scored a better deal myself. Way to use the expedia.com, Kerri!But Aboriginal Affairs Minister Oscar Lathlin went to the exact same conference and spent nearly $3,000 on his flight.I didn't write about it today because I was worried Lathlin and Irvin-Ross had taken a charter and he'd just eaten most of the cost. Or that he'd taken a bunch of staff along (the original explanation from the province, that didn't make sense at all). But, no. He just booked the flight late due to a schedule change. Even with that, though, I just checked Air Canada and I can score a last minute Tango flight to Deer Lake for half that price.How about Hotwire.com? Trip Advisor? Anyone?

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About Mary Agnes Welch

Mary Agnes Welch joined the Free Press in 2002, first as a general assignment reporter and then covering city hall and the Manitoba legislature before moving to her current post as public policy reporter.

Before Winnipeg, she worked at the Windsor Star and the Odessa American, a small daily newspaper in West Texas. There, in addition to covering more than 20 counties, she took high school football scores from coaches all over West Texas by phone every Friday night.

Mary Agnes is a graduate of Columbia University’s journalism school, has won several Western Ontario Newspaper Awards and has been part of two teams of reporters nominated for a Michener Award. In 2011, she was nominated for a National Newspaper Award in the beat category. She is also the former national president of the Canadian Association of Journalists.

She once misspelled "Shih Tzu" in the paper and received 37 emails from angry dog-owners.

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