UPDATE: As you see we have had to cross off a few more from our list below based on what we saw in the combined list of expenses now released.
The latest news in the MLA spending scandal is that Hurlburt has resigned. And so he should. In the CH this morning was a list, released we guess by House Speaker Charlie Parker, with names of MLAs tagged with inappropriate or excessive expenses and exposed, although not named, by the auditor’s report. Will the others resign also?
All the talk of changing and “tightening” the rules obscures the fact, obvious to any right thinking person [see the comments], that there already is a rule in place against this kind of behavior. It is “Thou shalt not steal” although differently expressed in the criminal code.
As one commenter to one of the CH articles on line said:
I think the real problem has been overlooked. Lack of ETHICS and lack of MORALS, and that won’t change.
Of interest to us are the MLAs who did NOT get tagged by the auditor so we have taken the list of sitting MLAs and removed the names of the offenders either listed or self-confessed, leaving these.
Bain, Keith PC Victoria-The Lakes
Belliveau, Sterling NDP Shelburne
Birdsall, Pam NDP Lunenburg
Boudreau, Jim NDP Guysborough-Sheet Harbour
Burrill, Gary NDP Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley
Casey, Karen PC Colchester North
Clarke, Cecil PC Cape Breton North
Conrad, Vicki NDP Queens
Corbett, Frank NDP Cape Breton Centre
d’Entremont, Chris A. PC Argyle
Estabrooks, Bill NDP Timberlea – Prospect
Glavine, Leo L Kings West
Gosse, Gordie NDP Cape Breton Nova
Jennex, Ramona NDP Kings South
Kent, Becky NDP Cole Harbour – Eastern Passage
Landry, Ross NDP Pictou Centre
MacDonald, Manning L Cape Breton South
MacDonald, Maureen NDP Halifax Needham
MacKinnon, Clarrie NDP Pictou East
MacMaster, Allan PC Inverness
McNeil, Stephen L Annapolis
More, Marilyn NDP Dartmouth South-Portland Valley
Morton, Jim NDP Kings North
Paris, Percy NDP Waverley-Fall River-Beaver Bank
Peterson-Rafuse, Denise NDP Chester-St. Margaret’s
Porter, Chuck PC Hants West
Prest, Sidney NDP Eastern Shore
Ramey, Gary NDP Lunenburg West
Raymond, Michèle NDP Halifax Atlantic
Regan, Kelly L Bedford-Birch Cove
Samson, Michel L Richmond
Scott, Murray PC Cumberland South
Skabar, Brian NDP Cumberland North
Smith, Maurice NDP Antigonish
Steele, Graham NDP Halifax Fairview
Theriault, Harold Jr. L Digby-Annapolis
Whalen, Diana L Halifax Clayton Park
Whynott, Mat NDP Hammonds Plains-Upper Sackville
Wilson, Dave NDP Sackville-Cobequid
Younger, Andrew L Dartmouth East
Zann, Lenore NDP Truro – Bible Hill
Zinck, Trevor NDP Dartmouth North
Many of the persons on the offenders list are no longer sitting MLAs, having been removed by the last election; the corollary of that is that many new MLAs haven’t been there long enough to get steeped in the culture of entitlement. So it does not mean the above MLAs are lily white, but we are willing to give them the benefit of the doubt for now. We will see how many are shown up by the next auditors list!
And here’s a suggestion;
Liberal Leader Stephen McNeil … made another suggestion to post MLA expenses online.
“If you spend it, you must defend it to your constituents,” McNeil said.
How about every Provincial Government expenditure over a certain amount put online? [Seems to us that has been done – Guess who!]
PS Meanwhile the Premier has been complaining to the press about what they were saying.
I did receive a complaint from Dexter’s office about my Saturday item stating that the Arizona trip marked Dexter’s second one-week vacation in the past two months.
The first was his holiday in Spain in advance of his Copenhagen visit in December. His office says it was only four days. Sorry about that.
But they never acknowledged that the Arizona trip was not one week, but two, as reporters learned Monday.
Had Harper complained about press coverage like this on such a minor difference , can you imagine?