Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall wishes he had never made an unscripted comment about letting his 14-year-old daughter drive on a gravel road south of Swift Current, he told reporters Friday.
Wall made the remark, which he described Friday as "off the cuff," during a speech to the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities earlier in the week. He later joked with delegates about whether he should even have been telling them about it.
He later admitted that what he did was illegal. Teens need to be at least 15 to get a learner's licence in the province.
Wall said he was surprised by the public's reaction to the quip and has since realized that as premier he is held to a higher standard.
"I understand that I have a job where there's a different standard and that's for highway traffic violations, it's for the laws of the province," Wall said.
He also regrets drawing attention to his family.
Since making the comment, he said many farmers have invited him to teach his daughter to drive on their land.
The NDP had asked for Wall to apologize, not only for breaking the law, but also for making light of it.