OTTAWA - The Harper government's fall economic report card cost taxpayers over $143,000.
Documents obtained by The Canadian Press show that the third update on the federal economic action plan - delivered Sept. 28 in Saint John, N.B. - cost $35,000 more than the previous update in June.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper flew to Saint John and rode into a city rail yard on the front of a locomotive to deliver the update.
Among the costs - more than $55,000 to hire temporary workers at the Finance Department, more than $40,000 for printing, and $5,600 on four photos in the glossy report.
Liberals demanded four quarterly reports last January as the price of their support for the Conservative's big-spending budget.
The last of the four was simply handed out to reporters during Prime Minister Harper's flight to China on Dec. 8.