POLITICS

Nova Scotia auditor general to release review of politician's housing allowance

07/31/2013 10:51 EDT | Updated 09/30/2013 05:12 EDT
HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's auditor general will release a report Friday into the living allowance paid to a Liberal member of the provincial legislature.

Jacques Lapointe announced in May that he would conduct a review of Michel Samson's monthly allowance for a rental property in Halifax.

Lapointe undertook the study after being approached by legislature Speaker Gordie Gosse, who was asked by Samson to look into the matter when questions were raised whether the house he rents in Halifax is his family's primary residence.

Gosse ruled that Samson's family lives in Halifax and should not receive a $1,470 monthly allowance.

Gosse said he referred the matter to the auditor general because Samson objected publicly to his ruling.

Under the House of Assembly Act, a member is eligible to receive an allowance if he or she resides more than 40 kilometres from the legislature.