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N.S. to order independent review of politician expenses

Finance Minister Graham Steele says it makes no sense that someone should be paid for chairing a committee that never meets.

Expenses and committee fees for members of the Nova Scotia legislature will be subjected to an independent review.

Speaker Charlie Parker, who heads up the legislature's Internal Economy Board, says it's part of a larger effort to be transparent and accountable.

The review, which will likely be done within months, follows a report that some members of the legislature are being paid thousands of dollars to chair disciplinary and rules committees that haven't met in years.

Finance Minister Graham Steele says it makes no sense that someone should be paid for chairing a committee that never meets.

Steele says there's no defending a practice that appears to have slipped under the radar because it's been going on for so long.

The auditor general is also expected to weigh in on the matter of members' expenses when he tables his review of the Speaker's office in January.

 
 
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