Community Services Minister Judy Streatch may have to pay more for her damaged SUV than she bargained for.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Transportation said the 2008 Ford Escape hybrid is a write-off, CBC reported, after Streatch’s 17-year-old son Jordan crashed it May 3.
Streatch told media last week she and her son would pay for the damages to the government-leased vehicle but Cathy MacIsaac with the Transportation Department said Friday the province will buy out the $38,000 lease and the truck will be sold for its parts, CBC reported.
The minister, who came under a wave of controversy for letting her son to drive the government-leased vehicle to the corner store for ice cream, will then be responsible for paying the difference, which could add up to thousands of dollars more than she had planned.
MacIsaac said the department doesn’t yet have a final figure.
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Streatch could not be reached for comment yesterday.