Baillie challenges Liberals on CREDA audit

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HALIFAX – Are taxpayers on the hook to pay an Amherst law firm for evidence in the Cumberland Regional Economic Development Authority (CREDA) forensic audit?

Jamie Baillie - File

Cumberland South MLA Jamie Baillie challenged the reigning Liberals in the Legislature Wednesday, when Michel Samson, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, was asked three times if Hicks LeMoine, previously the lawyers for CREDA, was paid for the information. Accoridng to a press issued by Baillie's office, Minister Samson refused to answer.

“We will not debate the audit while it is still ongoing,” Samson said.

Baillie says there is no good reason to hide this information from taxpayers. He simply wants an answer as to whether taxpayers’ money was used to obtain the records, which should have been turned over immediately for free.

“Taxpayers deserve to know if they are being paid extra for this evidence,” says Baillie. “The Premier has a duty to clear this matter up. After all, it is their money.”

The CREDA audit is almost a year overdue. The government confirmed today that important audit evidence has been recently turned over, leaving taxpayers to wonder if the Province paid to get that information.

“When will Cumberland County residents have the answers they’ve been waiting for?” Baillie asked.

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  • Rob
    April 18, 2014 - 13:19

    Baillie's not kidding anyone. If he'd won i, he'd be the one suppressing the findings of the audit, not McNeil. You see, the two old-line parties (Liberals and PCs) will do their best to protect their friends and supporters who were all tangled up in the mess at CREDA. Back in October, Cumberland and NS had a chance to continue rooting-out this kind of nepotism and corruption. Instead, it chose cheap slogans, empty promises and health care cuts. Enjoy!

  • Harold
    April 17, 2014 - 09:39

    Hello Mike Im from Cumberland South and so far the only time I see or hear Mr Baillie on TV or the paper it is for some other area not Cumberland South.If you are so ashamed why not move,say to Cumberland North.

  • Arty Stone
    April 17, 2014 - 08:12

    I can't blame him, what's taking so long? Do they think people are going to forget about the audit? Let's see the results.

  • David
    April 17, 2014 - 06:01

    The great MIA for Cumberland South has an opinion on something "Great". What were the people thinking when they voted him in as our MLA? What has he done for this riding over the past 4 years. I guess we can look forward to the fact that there will be a election in just over 3 years. Maybe then we can fix our mistake!!!!

  • hmmm
    April 17, 2014 - 05:58

    CREDA was CUMBERLAND, not Just Cumberland North so I think Mr. Baillie is doing Justice as a Party Leader by asking the Question on Behalf of all Nova Scotia Residence including our Cumberland South.

  • happy face
    April 16, 2014 - 20:16

    It is to bad Mr Baillie would not pay as attention to his own part of Cumberland County.There is plenty of work and people in need,that he doen't need to look at Cumberland North.

    • Mike
      April 17, 2014 - 06:08

      I'm so ashamed to say I'm from Cumberland South, the people here are always so rude and fouled mouthed when it comes to our local elected MLA Jamie Baillie. I'm simply ashamed!! Grow up and stop acting like 8 year olds.