Auditor General reviewing question of Michel Samson’s living expenses

Nova Scotia’s auditor general says he has started to review the living expenses of Liberal MLA Michel Samson, who represents the riding of Richmond, but may have lived in Halifax since his re-election in 2006.

“There’s absolutely no pattern to the lifestyle of an elected official. Some days, you’re going to come up on a Monday, other days you’ll come up on a Tuesday. It all depends on the week. It depends what obligations you have, and each week is different." - Michel Samson

“There’s absolutely no pattern to the lifestyle of an elected official. Some days, you’re going to come up on a Monday, other days you’ll come up on a Tuesday. It all depends on the week. It depends what obligations you have, and each week is different.” – Michel Samson

The issue came to light when Michel Samson asked for a review of his living arrangements after a reporter’s investigation raised a number of questions about the house the taxpayer rents for him in the city.

Since then the Speaker’s office has determined Samson lives full time in Halifax, spends most of his time in the city and can no longer bill taxpayers for his monthly rent.

Since 2006, Samson has billed taxpayers for more than $115,000 in rent. The Auditor General has not said if it will ask Samson to pay it back.

Stephen McNeil has been mostly quiet on the issue, although has defended fellow Liberal MLA Manning MacDonald’s terrible attendance record in the legislature, including a four week vacation to Florida he took the House was sitting.

We hope Stephen McNeil will begin to defend Michel Samson with the same vigor he defended the delinquency of Manning MacDonald.

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