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Selinger apologizes for Jets ticket remarks

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This article was published 21/11/2014 (2013 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Premier Greg Selinger apologized to MLAs Friday for "inadvertently" misleading the legislative assembly more than two years ago over whether he had ever accepted a free Winnipeg Jets ticket.

The premier admitted this week to accepting a free ticket from a Saskatchewan MLA in a corporate box on Dec. 29, 2011. He said he tried to pay for the ticket but was refused. He later made a $300 donation to a non-profit housing corporation in lieu of the free ticket, he said.

Premier Greg Selinger

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Premier Greg Selinger

"I want to apologize for inadvertently misleading the House through statements I made May 9, 2012. The information I put on the record was incomplete and for that I apologize," Selinger said just before Question Period.

The premier had been questioned by former Tory leader Hugh McFadyen on whether he had always paid for his Jets tickets. Selinger replied that he had.

The issue of government MLAs accepting free Jets tickets from Crown corporations and other sources was a big issue at the time.

On Friday, Selinger told the chamber that he had made "an unintentional omission" about receiving the freebie and wished "to set the record straight."

Later asked why he had apologized, if he had made a donation in lieu of receiving the ticket – a remedy he had urged on members of his caucus when they were found to have accepted free tickets - Selinger said: "I think it’s important to set an example about how we behave in the legislature and I thought it was better to put that statement out there early so that we can get on with the priorities of Manitobans."

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