Hurlburt’s alleged spending has Tories on damage control - Metro US

Hurlburt’s alleged spending has Tories on damage control

Former Yarmouth MLA Richard Hurlburt may have resigned but he’s still proving to be a headache for the Tories.

On Thursday www.allnovascotia.com reported Hurlburt for years took between $16,000 and $20,000 for an annual apartment allowance, despite living with his wife in her HRM home.

The system didn’t require receipts to prove Hurlburt had an apartment before he took the money.

Tory Leader Karen Casey said Thursday she couldn’t speak to the specifics of Hurlburt’s case but is working to change the system.

“I don’t believe it’s a breach of the rules but it may be one of those rules that needs to be changed.”

Hurlburt resigned earlier this week after admitting to expensing $8,000 on a home generator but failing to disclose his $2,500 TV. Casey admitted she knew about the TV but said she didn’t mention it because Hurlbert was seeking clarification from the speaker. On Wednesday she altered her story, saying Hurlburt should have disclosed the TV but it was OK for her to say nothing because it is the individual MLA’s responsibility.

Open system
Tory leader Karen Casey said she is working alongside Premier Darrell Dexter and Liberal Leader Stephen McNeil to fix expense rules and create an open system.

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