Dexter filed excessive expense claims on laptops, camera
HALIFAX (CP) — Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter was among a number of politicians who filed expense claims that the province’s auditor general deemed excessive, his office said Wednesday.
A spokesman for Dexter said the premier wanted it known that he was one of the politicians flagged by the province’s auditor general for filing excessive expenditures.
“The premier does not intend to debate whether the expenses were reasonable, rather he simply intends to repay them,” Shawn Fuller said.
In a report earlier in the day, provincial auditor general Jacques Lapointe listed a number of expenditures politicians made that he said were excessive, including a $5,501 laptop and a digital camera for $2,150.
Fuller said Dexter bought the camera but that the $5,501 in public money actually went to two laptops. The NDP premier was out of the country on vacation and not immediately available for comment.
In his report, Lapointe said some Nova Scotia politicians filed expense claims during a threeyear period that were “excessive or inappropriate,” but he added that he found no evidence of possible criminal wrongdoing.
Lapointe’s report flagged several inappropriate expense claims for personal items including nearly $8,000 for a generator installed at a legislative member’s residence and $1,260 for parking lot sanding from a company owned by a member’s brother.
Excessive expenditures as listed by Lapointe included $13,445 for custom-made office furniture, $790 for a model boat office display, $ 2,600 for a printer and $2,499 for a TV.
Lapointe also said one member bought 11 computers and 12 printers over a three-year period.
Lapointe audited the expenses filed by and paid to members of the provincial legislature between July 2006 and June 2009.