Nova Sco­tia premier big­gest spen­der in his cau­cus

Cape Breton Post - - COMMENT - BY CHRIS HAYES

bers of the leg­is­la­ture con­firm­ing de­tails of ex­tra pay­ments made to con­stituency staff.

Parker said that, as far as he knew, no in­come tax had been paid on any of the money and that em­ploy­ees of pro­vin­cial politi­cians who may owe taxes af­ter re­ceiv­ing ex­tra pay­ments will be is­sued a T4 slip.

In a re­port ear­lier this month, au­di­tor gen­eral Jac­ques La­pointe raised con­cerns about taxes po­ten­tially owed by con­stituency staff for ex­tra pay­ments they re­ceived be­tween 2006 and 2009.

La­pointe found that 30 mem­bers made ex­tra pay­ments to­talling al­most $186,000 over that three-year pe­riod to their staff.

He also found that 44 mem­bers paid more than $410,000 to 157 staff who were not paid through the Speaker's Of­fice.

Cor­bett said Thurs­day his pay­ments mostly went to staff who would have filled in when his con­stituency as­sis­tant was on va­ca­tion or sick leave, as well as to work­ers who cleaned the of­fice and did garbage pickup.

He said MLAs were fol­low­ing the sys­tem that the Speaker’s Of­fice had in place at the time and that he con­sid­ered the work­ers who re­ceived the ex­tra pay­ments to be like in­de­pen­dent con­trac­tors re­spon­si­ble for tak­ing care of their own de­duc­tions.

In to­tal, mem­bers of the NDP cau­cus spent roughly $198,000 on staff and a va­ri­ety of ser­vices and ex­penses, in­clud­ing of­fice clean­ing, snow re­moval, garbage dis­posal and sev­er­ance pay­ments.

Gosse said the ex­tra pay­ment to his con­stituency as­sis­tant was for over­time and the pay­ments to work­ers other than the as­sis­tant were typ­i­cally made to work­ers who cov­ered for the as­sis­tant for va­ca­tions or to a snow-clear­ing con­trac­tor. He though some of the work­ers may have al­ready paid de­duc­tions or as con­trac­tors may not have made enough reg­u­lar in­come to pay them.

Michael Kydd, a spokesman for in­terim Tory leader Karen Casey, said the party will hold off on re­leas­ing in­for­ma­tion about the pay­ments made by cur­rent Cape Bre­ton MLAs un­til it has gath­ered all the facts and fig­ures.

Lib­eral Leader Stephen McNeil said Thurs­day the party’s cau­cus made to­tal pay­ments of $114,800 to con­stituency as­sis­tants that may have topped up salaries, for ex­am­ple, and $73,675 to other staff that typ­i­cally may have gone to sum­mer stu­dents or work­ers cov­er­ing va­ca­tions for as­sis­tants.

In­di­vid­ual Lib­eral MLAs were re­leas­ing the de­tails of their pay­ments Thurs­day.

The McNeil said the ad­di­tional $4,000 he paid to his con­stituency as­sis­tant was for work she did and ex­penses she in­curred do­ing work above and be­yond her day job while the $3,339 he paid to two other em­ploy­ees went to sum­mer stu­dents.

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