N.S. deputy premier apologizes to taxpayers for excessive spending by members

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HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's deputy premier says he is sorry for inappropriate and excessive spending by other politicians flagged by the provincial auditor general's report.
But Frank Corbett says he is speaking out as a legislative member and not on behalf of the government.
Corbett says with Nova Scotians being asked to do "hard things" as the province struggles with a deficit, they deserve an apology when they see politicians doing things that seem to be wasting their money.
He says while he's not been implicated in the report, he realizes that whenever tax dollars are not used wisely, politicians are "on the hook for it."
Natural Resources Minister John MacDonell also apologized to his constituents.
MacDonell says that although he didn't contravene the rules in place for expenses, he agrees with the report's conclusion that spending over $13,000 on custom-made office furniture was excessive.

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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  • Just Me
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    It is great that some of these politicians are going to repay what they overspent our money on now that they have been caught. However, it is unlikely that they would have done that if the wastefulness hadn't been reported. It sure doesn't seem right for us to be told there is no money for the necessities of running our province and then for the politicians to spend elaborately on things they want for themselves and use the taxpayers money for their extravagances.