Expense scandal sparks ad idea for hardware store
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.”