Ex­pense scan­dal sparks ad idea for hard­ware store

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HAL­I­FAX (CP) — Nova Sco­tia politi­cians shop­ping for a bar­gain th­ese days prob­a­bly shouldn’t head to one Hal­i­fax build­ing ma­te­ri­als store.

Pierceys has put a sign be­side the street that ad­ver­tises a sale on 3,000-watt gen­er­a­tors. It reads, “ Tax­payer price $499.99, MLA price $1,999.99.”

The joke is rooted in au­di­tor gen­eral Jac­ques La­pointe’s re­port, re­leased this month, that out­lined in­ap­pro­pri­ate and ex­ces­sive spending by mem­bers of the leg­is­la­ture.

Yar­mouth mem­ber Richard Hurl­burt re­signed shortly af­ter de­fend­ing his pur­chase at pub­lic ex­pense of an $8,000 gen­er­a­tor in­stalled in his garage.

“ The tax­payer de­serves a break, and MLAs ob­vi­ously don’t,” said Peter Korecki, pres­i­dent of Pierceys. “We just did it tongue in cheek, and we may have an­other sign out there next week.”

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