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Deputy Premier George Webster
Deputy Premier George Webster says he has paid back $40 charged to taxpayers for an in-room movie during a hotel stay in Texas.
Webster says he still does not remember watching any movie in his room, but after reviewing the receipts he acknowledged the amount should not have been expensed to taxpayers.
“One has to always scrutinize their invoices that they receive and it was an oversight on my behalf,” Webster said.
“I did not pick it up and nor did my staff actually pick that up on my account bill, and as a result we reviewed it and I was only too glad to repay it, and I did.”
The issue was raised in the legislature Thursday when the Opposition Tories tabled a detailed invoice for a hotel expense claimed by Webster in 2011 when he was in Texas for an agriculture conference.
The hotel invoice included a $38.77 charge for a movie.
Webster said Thursday he did not recall ordering or watching any movies in his room, suggesting a staffer may have done so unbeknownst to him.
On Friday, he continued to deny any knowledge or memory of an in-room movie.
“Maybe I came in and sat on the remote, I don’t know,” he said.
“I did not watch a movie, I don’t watch movies, I very rarely go to a movie on Prince Edward Island. If that happened, the charges on your room, what can you do about it? The only thing I can do about it is pay it personally.”
He says he reimbursed the $40 on Friday morning.