N.S. Premier Darrell Dexter says he regrets being named in spending probe

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HALIFAX - Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter says he regrets being included in an auditor general's report that found excessive spending by members of the provincial legislature.
Dexter used public money to buy a $2,150 digital camera, among other items, according to a report released last week by auditor general Jacques Lapointe.
Dexter says he will recommend abandoning the legislature's internal economy board in favour of a more modern management commission in a bid to strengthen spending controls.
His office has said he will repay the public purse for the items he purchased.
Lapointe's report concluded members from all three political parties had spent public money excessively or inappropriately.
Jacques Lapointe said the money went to items including custom-made furniture, cameras and an espresso maker.
Some politicians have apologized and repaid the funds, while others have sought advice from the auditor general and the Speaker's Office on what to do.

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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  • Fuzzy Bear
    February 24, 2010 - 23:46

    Sry to burst your bubble obeau....but from what we have seen from this report and several auditors reports before it.... it is obvious these guys are indeed above the law. They can mis-appropriate moneys from their employers...namely us.... to be used for personal gain under the guise of some frivilious excuse of a taxable deduction and nothing ever happens. Nothing ever happens period!!
    And to make matters worst we have no recourse against them except changing our vote every election and then all it appears we do is change the people doing it to us.
    However there is a fix for this and that is using an outside auditing firm to do random audits throughout the year on rotating departments. That way they will never know when they could be checked. They would be playing Russian Roulette every time they think about doing something like this.
    And if by chance they are caught doing something wrong...they should be removed from their position as an MLA and a re-election mandated.
    What's this Management Commission??? I'm still chuckling over this one!! More than likely the MLA's will wait till this blows over and then vote to remove all checks like this going forward so no one can see what is happening!

  • obeau
    February 24, 2010 - 23:46

    Is that all a politican has to to do is say I am sorry and am going to change my ways and what I did wrong will go away . The truth of the matter is some of the MLA,S only have remorse once they are caught ,they are not all dishonest but maybe their job goes to there heads and they think they are above the law which it seems they are. If they worked in private industry they would be dismissed and before the court.I remember back in the 1980,s when we had our famous GST senator and premier we had 2 MLA,S expelled sentence to jail for basicly the same CRIMES.

  • SafetyGuy
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    So if I follow our political leader's example I could take anything I want to from my workplace and when I get caught all I have to say is sorry and that I will pay it back?!
    How about some one call the police and have these politicians charged?!
    One side of his face is saying that the province has no money for anything, and then this gets uncovered. I guess the Nova Scotia public has to make sacrifices but the leaders of the province don't.
    Nothing says leader like do as I say not as I do
    Enjoy your position Mr. Dexter as I foresee a short lived political career.

  • Robert
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    They're not sorry they did it... they're sorry they got caught. It doesn't matter if it's *allowed in the rules* or not. They should have known better. Their dishonesty showed through and they got called to the rug for it. They should be forced to resign and re-up next election. If they are forgiven they will be re-elected. If not... well then that's too bad.

  • sparky00
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    What would really be nice now is for the ADN to inform the public how we as citizens can hold these people accountable. After all, it is our monet they've misused.
    jmo