N.S. deputy premier apologizes to taxpayers for excessive spending by members

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HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's deputy premier says he is sorry for inappropriate and excessive spending by other politicians flagged by the provincial auditor general's report.
But Frank Corbett says he is speaking out as a legislative member and not on behalf of the government.
Corbett says with Nova Scotians being asked to do "hard things" as the province struggles with a deficit, they deserve an apology when they see politicians doing things that seem to be wasting their money.
He says while he's not been implicated in the report, he realizes that whenever tax dollars are not used wisely, politicians are "on the hook for it."
Natural Resources Minister John MacDonell also apologized to his constituents.
MacDonell says that although he didn't contravene the rules in place for expenses, he agrees with the report's conclusion that spending over $13,000 on custom-made office furniture was excessive.

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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  • Greg
    February 24, 2010 - 23:46

    Oh! Okay! That makes it all better! Forget what I said earlier about our MLAs needing to be accountable, they apologized so everything is back to good!

    Yeah Right! I may be taking the extreme view here, but I want to see policy changes and mechanisms for monitoring spending. I want to be able to surf to gov.ns.ca and be able to view copies of purchase orders and receipts. I want to be able to question why the government contracted so-and-so's brother to sand the parking lots, and where are the tender documents, and competing proposals.

    With the province being in such a state that the Premier calls Broke everytime someone asks for money, now is the time that transparency is crucial. Now is the time that we, as taxpayers, need to be assured that our elected officials are making responsible choices with our tax dollars.

    I actually do appreciate the fact that Corbett and MacDonnell have stepped up to apologize, despite my first remark, and would expect to see 50 or so more such apologies, but will only be truly satisfied when I can be shown that something has chenged for the better!

  • Dan
    February 24, 2010 - 23:46

    Forget the lame apology and give us the details on who spent what. They deserve to not get voted in again.

    And what has been put in place to stop this from happening for the next 15 years? New policies? I work hard for my tax-dollars and it's not fair for some politian to spend it recklessly!

  • Genghis
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    The NDP's socialist dream has, once again, been kicked in the face by reality.
    They can't even take care of their own without reality catching up with them.
    How sad that gentlemen of this stature live in their own little fantasy world where little gold dust fairies magically spread wealth throughout the land.