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