The Speaker’s office ruled that Liberal MLA Michel Samson will no longer have his Halifax rent paid for by taxpayers.
For background information, read our post Michel Samson is no Mike Duffy.
MLAs from outside the capital city are given an allowance to rent accommodations in Halifax. It allows MLAs from across Nova Scotia to take part in the governing of the province without 4 to 12 hours of travel each day – something obviously quite necessary.
Under the Legislature’s rules it cannot be an MLA’s principal residence. For the past six years Samson and his wife, who works in Halifax with the Irving Shipyard, have rented a house in the capital’s South End area.
Although Samson owns a home in Arichat, in their review the Speaker’s Office office determined he lives full time in Halifax, spends most of his time in the capital and can therefore no longer bill taxpayers for his monthly rent.
Samson is challenging the ruling.
The ruling does not prevent Samson from running as the MLA for Richmond in the fall provincial election.
We hope for a speedy resolution to this issue.