Gene Makowsky of Regina-Dewdney says he acted after reading about Premier Brad Wall's recent criticisms of federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.
Wall has pushed for Trudeau to return the $277,000 he has been paid making speeches to 17 different groups since becoming an MP in 2008.
Trudeau says he will speak to all 17 groups and return the fees to any group that feels it didn't get its money's worth.
Makowsky says he realized he was wrong to accept just over $2,000 for a pair of events he appeared at after being elected.
However, he says he was asked not because he is a politician but because he used to be an offensive lineman with the Saskatchewan Roughriders football team.
"I was approached by a couple of former teammates who said do you want to help me out with my event?" he said, adding that he doesn't have an agent who books events for him and that he isn't actively looking to book appearances.
Makowsky said before he made a commitment to attend the events he went to the ethics commissioner to make sure it was okay.
"I thought I had gone through all the right channels" but he said the premier's comments gave him a different outlook on the issue.
"So I said, let’s make it right."
Makowsky said he does not intend on taking any money for speaking at events in the future.
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