03/25/2014 05:46 EDT | Updated 05/25/2014 05:59 EDT

Taxpayers charged 'thousands' by B.C. MLA Linda Reid for husband's flight

The speaker of the B.C. legislature Linda Reid charged taxpayers thousands of dollars to fly her husband to South Africa last August while she was attending the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference.

Reid admitted to charging taxpayers for her husband's business class ticket after Vancouver Sun published a list of her legislative expenses Tuesday afternoon.

She wouldn't say how much was spent for her husband's ticket, but did say that it was "thousands."

Reid has repeatedly promised to increase transparency and accountability for legislature spending, but earlier this month she came under criticism for spending $120,000 in various expenses and renovations, including a $48,000 upgrade to the Speaker's desk that included a touch screen computer.

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