Dexter plans no action to clean up members’spending
HALIFAX (CP) — Premier Darrell Dexter said Monday that he doesn’t intend to move ahead unilaterally with legislative reforms in the wake of Nova Scotia’s spending scandal.
Dexter said he intends to meet with both opposition leaders following his return from talks between Canadian premiers and U.S. government officials in Washington, D.C.
He said he will want input from all parties as his government moves to reform legislative members’ expense allowance spending once the legislature reconvenes March 25.
“ Very early on I said that there had to be reform and what we are looking for is the best possible system that will work for everyone and one that we can do as quickly as possible,” Dexter said from Washington during a speakerphone conference with reporters.
He said anything that would advance transparency and openness is some- thing that all sides should be able to discuss.
Earlier this month, the province’s auditor general released a three-year audit that cited numerous examples of inappropriate and excessive spending and highlighted the need to strengthen vague rules and inadequate oversight.
In response, Dexter has already said that the all-party board that administers legislature members’ allowances will be disbanded in favour of a more modern and open commission that will meet publicly.
He said another key to cleaning up the system will be increased support around the administration of spending rules, whether it’s through a separate administrative body or a beefed up Speaker’s Office.
“Having an appropriate administration that is transparent ... I think frankly that’s one of the big pieces of the change that needs to be made.” HALIFAX (CP) — Police say a 16-year-old boy faces charges in connection with a robbery in the Halifax area by two people armed with knives.
RCMP say the pair approached an 18-year-old man in Lower Sackville on Sunday afternoon. The victim suffered minor injuries. Police say the 16-year-old suspect was arrested later Sunday.
He faces charges including robbery, assault causing bodily harm, uttering threats, possession of a weapon and breaching a recognizance.