Joe Hargrave

Saskatchewan’s highways minister apologized on Jan. 1 for travelling to California over the holidays, but gets to keep his seat in cabinet.

Hargrave said he went to Palm Springs for “necessary” personal business: finalizing a home sale and moving his belongings back to Saskatchewan.

He said he plans to return to Canada when he’s out of a 14-day quarantine recommended for travellers to California on Jan. 5, and will self-isolate for two weeks upon his return to Canada.

While Opposition politicians have questioned whether Hargrave’s trip was essential, Premier Scott Moe said he will stay on as minister despite his self-admitted “error in judgement.”

Moe was informed of Hargrave’s trip before he left on Dec. 22, a spokesman for the Saskatchewan Party government said.

Source: CP24

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