Letters going out to N.S. legislative members to recover some expenses

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HALIFAX - The Speaker of the Nova Scotia legislature says his office is in the process of notifying members how much they owe taxpayers for inappropriate and duplicate expenditures.
Charlie Parker says letters will be going out either later today or on Wednesday to eight members identified in the recent auditor general's report as having spent constituency allowance money inappropriately.
A further 28 members will receive letters by the end of the week verifying details on money owed for duplicate payments they received.
Parker says the letters will either verify that a member has already paid up or will request that they do so.
He says that he knows of no instances so far where a member has objected to paying back any sum owed.
He says he expects that all of the money owed will be collected by his office.

Geographic location: HALIFAX, Nova Scotia

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  • Fuzzy Bear
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    I can just see this letter now.......
    Excuse me Mr/Ms MLA would you kindly return the money(s) you stole ....er...misappropriated...er.... borrowed from your wealthy and well to do constitutants. We would like to account for all of these missing funds before we put through another HST increase and tax their sorry A**es off. If we can get this increase through before they boot us out they will not have time to b*t*h and complain any more. They will be too busy trying to hold down two jobs.
    Thank you
    Your frivilious leader

  • Bruce
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Want to get rich? Let's you and I rob a bank. If caught under the new laws of Nova Scotia, the Code Dexter all we have to do is give back the money and everything is all kissy face A-OK. Just tell them the money was sitting around the house collecting dust or taking up space. Then we can try kidnapping or car theft and again, if caught, give the kidnapee or cars back and POOF! everything is just great.If you're as fed up with government antics in Nova Scotia as I am tell them so and sign the petition calling for a full police investigation into this fiasco with criminal charges being laid where possible go to www.governmentripoff.com
    Bruce DeVenne

  • Gary
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Well at least they're goong after the money. Duplicate payments? Is there no policy or procedure in place to stop this? Come on, Nova Scotia, get your act together. No wonder we pay the highest taxes in Canada - and we can afford it the least! Something needs to be done about efficiency, forget raising taxes, this will only help until politicaians get used to spending all the new revenue from higher taxes. We need to get people who know how to run a province properly. This hind-sight way of finding problems is no way to operate. I am sure there is lots going on that is not found due to timeliness and lack of diligence. Costs should be approved upfront and follow-ups MUST be performed right away, not 15 years later as is in this audit.

  • Robert
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    The double standard for these MLA's makes me sick to my stomach and mad as hell, and even more frustrated that the people of this province seem powerless to do anything about it other than complain, maybe write a letter, and share out outrage in forums such as this. To add insult to injury, this government has the arrogance to even suggest an HST increase! How can we stop them?

  • sparky00
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    The company i work for has procedures in place to prevent issues such as these. What should be in place is that the mla has to submit an AFE ( authorization for expenditure), before anything is purchased. As well they should get the same perdiem as the civil servants get of $38 per day, no expenses. The ones that did some of these should be arrested, and if a party wants to get my faith back, kick out the members guilty of these indiscretions.
    Taxes will kill what little economy we have left in this province. Shrink the size of government, because if we compare ourselves to Ontario we are way too top heavy.