The Canadian Press
HALIFAX — After saying earlier Wednesday he would fight his potential expulsion from the Nova Scotia legislature, Independent member Trevor Zinck has abruptly resigned.
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MLA Trevor Zinck talks with reporters outside Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Halifax on Monday.
Zinck submitted his letter of resignation during a meeting with the house Speaker Gordie Gosse.
Zinck says he changed his mind after hearing he would lose the transitional funding to close down his constituency office once he was expelled.
He says bills would have been left unpaid and one of his workers, a single mother, would have been out of a job immediately with no pay.
Gosse says the transitional amount Zinck would have lost is about $51,000.
Zinck’s decision came hours after Gosse announced the house would be recalled Thursday to deal with the matter.
Zinck pleaded guilty Monday to fraud and breach of trust in connection with the province’s constituency spending scandal.