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Premier Darrell Dexter reaffirmed his openness to a review into the MLApension plan, but again refused to shed any light as to if or whenhe’ll call for one.

Premier Darrell Dexter reaffirmed his openness to a review into the MLA pension plan, but again refused to shed any light as to if or when he’ll call for one.

Dexter said Thursday his position hadn’t changed from a week ago, when the Canadian Taxpayers Federation opened its Atlantic offices with a report on politician’s pension plans.

“I’m open to (a review),” said Dexter. “I think there should be a review at the appropriate time.”

According to the CTF, Nova Scotians contribute $22 for every $1 contributed by politicians.

Dexter said he’s interested to see what comes out of a similar review currently ongoing in New Brunswick.

He denied that he was in conflict when it came to ordering a review.

“That’s why we put it out to independent people,” he said. “When I sat on council, people used to ask me if I affect the tax rate, is my own tax rate affected. And of course those things are true. But I don’t think those as conflicts.”

 
 
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