03/28/2014 12:29 EDT | Updated 05/28/2014 05:59 EDT

New Brunswick finance minister supports reporting of flight expenses

FREDERICTON - New Brunswick's finance minister says he supports a way of tracking flights taken by the premier and cabinet ministers after the government sold its plane.

Blaine Higgs says the government sold the King Air B200 to cut costs and keeping track of government flight travel is necessary to show the savings.

When the Tory government announced this week that it sold the aircraft for $2.8 million to a medevac company in Alberta, the Opposition raised concerns about tracking flight expenses.

At the time, Liberal transportation critic Bill Fraser said it would be cumbersome and difficult to seek expenses and travel information from every department.

Fraser now says he would be pleased if the government implements a central method of publicly reporting all flights taken by premier and members of cabinet.

Higgs did not say when such a system could be in place.