Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal

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The Nova Scotia Parliamentary Expenses Scandal is a political scandal in the province of Nova Scotia that was revealed in 2010. Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_sentence_0

Background Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_section_0

Part-way through the first session of the 61st General Assembly, the NDP, under Premier Darrell Dexter, announced that it would "eliminate an MLA severance payment as well as their ability to sell their office furniture and equipment." Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_sentence_1

According to a report by the CBC, the severance package alone was costing the province $600,000 after the results of the last election. Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_sentence_2

The province did not want MLAs who resign or are defeated to profit from selling their office furniture, and wanted the furniture to become provincial property when the MLA was done with it. Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_sentence_3

The report viewed this as the first step in changing the rules regarding expenses of Nova Scotia MLAs. Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_sentence_4

The situation truly began on February 3, 2010, when Jacques Lapointe, Nova Scotia's auditor general, released a 142-page report suggesting that "several politicians had filed 'excessive and unreasonable' claims, in part because of inadequate spending controls." Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_sentence_5

According to the CBC, "MLAs in the Nova Scotia Legislature are entitled to spend $45,000/year in payments that require no receipts. Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_sentence_6

While Lapointe did not name any MLAs in his report, and said that no one had violated the law currently in place, all three parties in the Nova Scotia legislature were blamed for reckless spending, and announced his hope that more attention would be focused on repairing the expenses system rather than on demonizing legislators. Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_sentence_7

In the wake of the Auditor General's report, Speaker Charlie Parker compiled a full list of "questionable expenses", which was made public on February 8. Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_sentence_8

On February 9, 2010, the first political casualty of the scandal occurred when Richard Hurlburt, Progressive Conservative MLA for Yarmouth, resigned days after the Auditor General's report had shown he had spent about $8,000 on a generator, for his home. Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_sentence_9

The Speaker's list of expenses also showed that Hurlburt had "bought a 42-inch television worth $2,499, which he paid $579 to have installed" in his constituency office in Yarmouth. Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_sentence_10

On March 12, 2010, Dave Wilson, MLA for Glace Bay, unexpectedly resigned. Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_sentence_11

It was later revealed by the CBC that the Auditor General had requested a meeting on February 24, with Wilson to discuss his expenses. Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_sentence_12

On February 27, Wilson hired a lawyer, and did not go to the auditor general's meeting. Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_sentence_13

Wilson was originally mentioned in the Auditor general's report for spending $400 on patio furniture. Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_sentence_14

When the opposition parties released figures on how much their MLAs had spent in regards to pay for employees of their constituency office, it was shown that Wilson had spent the largest amount, paying one staffer $24,000 extra over an 18-month period, and $37,000 to others over a three-year period. Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_sentence_15

Criminal charges Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_section_1

On February 14, 2011, after an eight-month investigation, Hurlburt, Wilson, NDP turned Independent MLA Trevor Zinck and former Liberal cabinet minister Russell MacKinnon were all charged with fraud of over $5,000 and breach of trust by a public officer. Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_sentence_16

Zinck was charged with two counts of theft of over $5,000, and Hurlburt, Wilson and MacKinnon were charged with uttering a forged document. Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_sentence_17

In September 2011, Wilson pleaded guilty to one count each of uttering forged documents, fraud and breach of trust, and was sentenced to nine months in jail and 18 months probation in April 2012. Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_sentence_18

On April 12, 2012, Hurlburt pleaded guilty to fraud and breach of trust and will be sentenced on July 5. Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_sentence_19

He was sentenced to a year of house arrest and a year of probation. Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_sentence_20

MacKinnon plans to fight the charges against him in court. Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_sentence_21

A preliminary hearing for Zinck had been postponed several times and a trial date has been set for June 10, 2013. Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_sentence_22

Members involved and their claims Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_section_2

Note:The table below counts the total amount claimed by the MLA in expenses. Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_sentence_23

However, not all of these claims are for illegitimate purposes. Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_sentence_24

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Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_header_cell_0_0_0 NameNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_header_cell_0_0_1 PartyNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_header_cell_0_0_2 RidingNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_header_cell_0_0_3 Expenses (July 2006- June 2009)Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_header_cell_0_0_4 RepaidNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_header_cell_0_0_5 NotesNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_header_cell_0_0_6
Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_1_0 Darrell DexterNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_1_1 NDPNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_1_2 Cole HarbourNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_1_3 $19,299.63Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_1_4 $7,600Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_1_5 Premier of Nova Scotia.Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_1_6
Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_2_0 Keith ColwellNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_2_1 LiberalNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_2_2 PrestonNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_2_3 $15,333.03Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_2_4 $252 for Art bought from his brotherNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_2_5 Awaiting Speaker's instructions on what to do with the rest of the moneyNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_2_6
Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_3_0 Ron ChisholmNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_3_1 Progressive ConservativeNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_3_2 Formerly Guysborough-Sheet HarbourNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_3_3 $9,708.55Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_3_4 Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_3_5 Defeated in 2009Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_3_6
Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_4_0 Leonard PreyraNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_4_1 NDPNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_4_2 Halifax Citadel-Sable IslandNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_4_3 $25,733.20Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_4_4 Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_4_5 Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_4_6
Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_5_0 Charlie ParkerNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_5_1 NDPNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_5_2 Pictou WestNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_5_3 $7,004.65Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_5_4 Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_5_5 Speaker of the HouseNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_5_6
Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_6_0 Richard HurlburtNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_6_1 Progressive ConservativeNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_6_2 Formerly YarmouthNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_6_3 $33,220.18Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_6_4 Generator in homeNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_6_5 Resigned after the expenses were made publicNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_6_6
Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_7_0 Len GoucherNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_7_1 Progressive ConservativeNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_7_2 Formerly BedfordNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_7_3 $38,694.14Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_7_4 Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_7_5 The highest amount of expenses claimed by an MLA. Defeated in 2009.Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_7_6
Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_8_0 Karen CaseyNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_8_1 Progressive ConservativeNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_8_2 Colchester NorthNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_8_3 $17,463.23Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_8_4 Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_8_5 Interim Leader of the Progressive ConservativesNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_8_6
Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_9_0 Wayne GaudetNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_9_1 LiberalNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_9_2 ClareNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_9_3 $16,067.20Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_9_4 Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_9_5 Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_9_6
Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_10_0 Howard EpsteinNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_10_1 NDPNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_10_2 Halifax ChebuctoNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_10_3 $14,206.87Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_10_4 Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_10_5 Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_10_6
Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_11_0 Rodney MacDonaldNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_11_1 Progressive ConservativeNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_11_2 Formerly InvernessNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_11_3 $9,558.00Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_11_4 Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_11_5 Former Premier of Nova ScotiaNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_11_6
Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_12_0 John MacDonellNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_12_1 NDPNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_12_2 Hants EastNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_12_3 $26,790.75Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_12_4 Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_12_5 Minister of Natural ResourcesNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_12_6
Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_13_0 Michel SamsonNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_13_1 LiberalNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_13_2 RichmondNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_13_3 $13,150.50Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_13_4 Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_13_5 Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_13_6
Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_14_0 Dave WilsonNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_14_1 LiberalNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_14_2 Formerly Glace BayNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_14_3 $13,260.16Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_14_4 Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_14_5 Resigned in March 2010Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_14_6
Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_15_0 Trevor ZinckNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_15_1 NDPNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_15_2 Dartmouth NorthNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_15_3 $8,533.24Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_15_4 Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_15_5 Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_15_6
Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_16_0 H. Dave WilsonNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_16_1 NDPNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_16_2 Sackville-CobequidNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_16_3 $11,892.98Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_16_4 Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_16_5 Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_16_6
Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_17_0 Sterling BelliveauNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_17_1 NDPNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_17_2 ShelburneNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_17_3 $15,642.59Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_17_4 Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_17_5 Minister of Fisheries and Minister of the EnvironmentNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_17_6
Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_18_0 Keith BainNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_18_1 Progressive ConservativeNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_18_2 Victoria-The LakesNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_18_3 $15,486.29Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_18_4 Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_18_5 Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_18_6
Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_19_0 Cecil ClarkeNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_19_1 Progressive ConservativeNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_19_2 Cape Breton NorthNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_19_3 $20,044.33Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_19_4 Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_19_5 Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_19_6
Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_20_0 Barry BarnetNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_20_1 Progressive ConservativeNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_20_2 Formerly Hammonds Plains-Upper SackvilleNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_20_3 $8,616.94Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_20_4 Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_20_5 Defeated in 2009Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_20_6
Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_21_0 Carolyn Bolivar-GetsonNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_21_1 Progressive ConservativeNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_21_2 Formerly Lunenburg WestNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_21_3 $17,512.32Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_21_4 Returned Generator and Plasma TVNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_21_5 Defeated in 2009Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_21_6
Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_22_0 Vicki ConradNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_22_1 NDPNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_22_2 QueensNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_22_3 $15,830.32Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_22_4 Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_22_5 Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_22_6
Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_23_0 Bill EstabrooksNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_23_1 NDPNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_23_2 Timberlea-ProspectNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_23_3 $2,043.96Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_23_4 Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_23_5 The lowest amount of expenses claimed by an MLA.Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_23_6
Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_24_0 Frank CorbettNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_24_1 NDPNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_24_2 Cape Breton CentreNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_24_3 $8,887.15Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_24_4 Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_24_5 NDP House Leader, previously apologized for expenses related to celebratory meals.Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_24_6
Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_25_0 Chris d'EntremontNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_25_1 Progressive ConservativeNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_25_2 ArgyleNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_25_3 $14,268.40Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_25_4 Nova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_25_5 Former Minister of FinanceNova Scotia parliamentary expenses scandal_cell_0_25_6


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