Rules cre­atively in­ter­preted

Cape Breton Post - - COMMENT -

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

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