Rules creatively interpreted
Glace Bay MLA Dave Wilson is quoted as saying a receipt for $400 was inadvertently added to others submitted for expense reimbursement (MLAs Fess Up Over Expense Report, Feb. 5). Does he think we fell off a turnip truck?
If Wilson included a $400 receipt for patio furniture by mistake, maybe he should take an accounting course.
He also said MLAs were just following the rules. I doubt very much that a rule states: “An allowable MLA expense is personal patio furniture if it is used to invite constituents over for drinks in the summer.”
Yarmouth MLA Richard Hurlburt must have interpreted the rules to say a personal generator exceeding $7,000 is an allowable MLA expense “if used to warm up community groups when they come over in a power outage.”
Premier Darrell Dexter should be ashamed over his flagged expenses.
It just proves that political colours do not matter; politicians are all in for their pockets, and they apologize and offer to repay only when they get caught with their pants down. J. Donald Samson Port Hawkesbury