Conservative member quits Nova Scotia legislature in wake of spending scandal

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HALIFAX - A member of the Nova Scotia legislature who became a central figure in a spending allowance scandal has resigned his seat.
The Conservative party says Richard Hurlburt resigned his seat for the riding of Yarmouth on Tuesday.
"Richard Hurlburt has served this province, and more importantly, the people of Yarmouth passionately over the past 10 years," interim Tory Leader Karen Casey said in a statement.
"I am hopeful that the people of Yarmouth will remember that."
The statement did not mention why Hurlburt is leaving politics.
The former Conservative cabinet minister was criticized after a report by the province's auditor general showed he spent $7,995 in public money to buy a generator, which was installed in his home.
Hurlburt initially defended the purchase as a valid expense, but later apologized and said he repaid it.
On Monday, the Speaker's Office released a list of questionable expenses that showed Hurlburt also charged taxpayers $2,499 for a 40-inch TV and $579 for installing it. He did not disclose those expenses to the public.
Premier Darrell Dexter has promised to introduce legislation to strengthen spending controls, such as replacing the all-party board that regulates members' expenses with a commission that will meet publicly.

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Yarmouth, HALIFAX

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  • sparky00
    February 24, 2010 - 23:46

    I agree 100% with you Big A. The only question i have is when is he going to be charged with fraud or theft over $5000?

  • Constit
    February 24, 2010 - 23:46

    Is the Money that was taken going to be paid back?

  • Fuzzy Bear
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Big A ...you get an A plus for your comments!!

  • Big A
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Good bye & good riddance. Richard Hurlburt won`t be remembered for all the good things that he did, but for the ONE way that he tried to screw over the public that he was paid to represent. Now if only the rest of the members would do the same.

  • Bruce
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Off to a poor start????
    NDP Premier Darrell Dexter's clean up and transparency campaign isn't off to a very good start it appears. Until today they have been saying 28 people were caught. They claim to have released all the names yet if you look at the CBC URL http://www.cbc.ca/canada/nova-scotia/story/2010/02/04/ns-mla-expense-claims.html there is only half that. How are we supposed to put any faith the governments word when the first promise or statement is this far out of whack? Secondly an EX MLA will fix it. To most Nova Scotian's that's like hiring a fox to guard the henhouse. Why isn't there somebody private involved in it. Somebody from a well established citizen's advocacy group like the Halifax Homeowners Association's president or a member of their executive with no political ties? Actually the investigation part should be done by the RCMP with any possible charges being laid. Richard Hurlburg is gone, others should follow him.
    Please visit my main web site at www.governmentripoff.com and take the time to sign the petition calling for a full open police investigation into this whole affair.
    Bruce DeVenne

  • Big A
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    What kind of tv did this clown get? I just bought a 46 LCD HDTV with a 3 year warranty for $1900. I also installed it myself. A saving of over $500 in itself.
    Who really got the shaft on that one? Us for electing this guy or Richard for paying that much for installation? The installation guys should be charged as well!!!!