One of the most amusing Google searches to land a reader on The Bee’s pages was “Manning MacDonald’s Florida Office”.
As the Conservatives have pointed out, the April vacation Liberal MLA Manning MacDonald took during the Legislature’s spring session was not his first disappearance:
McNeil looked the other way last year as Manning MacDonald, the Liberal MLA for Cape Breton South, took a month-long vacation during the legislative sitting in April 2012. The first time MacDonald appears in the House records was May 3rd, despite the fact that the Legislative sitting began March 29th. – Conservative press release
Will the Auditor General review the number of days Manning MacDonald went on vacation each year?
Will Stephen McNeil return the taxpayer money the Liberal Caucus earned during these vacations from the Legislature?
Will a reporter check with Manning MacDonald’s employee Derek Mombourquette to see if the Cape Breton South constituency office was closed during this time?
Jamie Baillie: Why was it ok with Mr. McNeil in April 2012 and again in April 2013 for a member of his caucus to take extended vacations during the Legislative session? No leader should stand by while an MLA misses two key sittings.