Zinck resigns after saying he'd fight to stay in legislature

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HALIFAX — After saying earlier Wednesday he would fight his potential expulsion from the Nova Scotia legislature, Independent member Trevor Zinck has abruptly resigned.

MLA Trevor Zinck talks with reporters outside Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Halifax on Monday.

Zinck submitted his letter of resignation during a meeting with the house Speaker Gordie Gosse.

Zinck says he changed his mind after hearing he would lose the transitional funding to close down his constituency office once he was expelled.

He says bills would have been left unpaid and one of his workers, a single mother, would have been out of a job immediately with no pay.

Gosse says the transitional amount Zinck would have lost is about $51,000.

Zinck’s decision came hours after Gosse announced the house would be recalled Thursday to deal with the matter.

Zinck pleaded guilty Monday to fraud and breach of trust in connection with the province’s constituency spending scandal.

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  • Bob in N.S.
    June 21, 2013 - 10:58

    Good observence fact check. This story gets better every hour. I wonder how much of this low lifes past is really known?

  • Bob in N.S.
    June 20, 2013 - 10:49

    What an absurd joke our political system and this buffoon Trevor Zinck are.This latest turn of events was nothing but an issue of money. Who cares if he could not pay his closure bills,as that should be his problem. As far as his hired help is concerned,the province should have looked after her,because I would bet that she will see no part of the $51,000 tax payers dollars.Let Zinck eat cake.

  • Fact check
    June 20, 2013 - 08:36

    Apparently, the "single mother" gets a severance directly from the Province, regardless of the 51K. It does not come out of that, which is payable to the "Honourable Member" directly.