02/27/2014 04:48 EST | Updated 04/29/2014 05:59 EDT

Redford Says Public Wants To Move On From Mandela Funeral Scandal

CALGARY - Alberta Premier Alison Redford says she thinks the public wants to move on from the controversy surrounding her expenses.

Redford has apologized for the $45,000 her office spent on a trip to South Africa in December for Nelson Mandela's funeral.

That was followed by revelations that her executive assistant has billed the province more than $9,000 to stay at one of Edmonton's ritziest hotels since he assumed the job last spring.

Redford says she has taken responsibility for the high cost of the South Africa trip.

She says her assistant's hotel bill is part of the cost of doing business for a government with a $40 billion budget.

Redford says it is her belief that the public wants politicians to get back to business.

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