Legislature clerk working with MLA on unpaid rent

The clerk's office at the New Brunswick Legislature is working with Campbellton-Restigouche Centre MLA Greg Davis to resolve his outstanding rent issues for his constituency office.

Progressive Conservative party loaned Greg Davis $5,125 once previously to cover rent

Greg Davis owes more than $6,000 in rent for his Campbellton office 1:38

The clerk's office at the New Brunswick Legislature is working with Campbellton-Restigouche Centre MLA Greg Davis to resolve his outstanding rent issues for his constituency office.

Davis owes $6,666 in rent on his office in Campbellton. If the bill isn't paid by Saturday, a bailiff's notice placed on the door states 15 pieces of office equipment in the locked office will be seized.

The clerk's office at the legislature says it is working with the MLA.

"We are working with the Member to address the matter and fully expect to have it resolved before the end of the week," reads a statement from the office of Clerk Donald Forestell.

This is not the first time Davis has run into expense difficulty.

Although MLAs receive funding from the legislature to cover expenses associated with constituency offices, including rent, Davis didn't pay a similar bill in 2012.

J.P. Soucy says the Progressive Conservative loaned MLA Greg Davis $5,125 to cover unpaid rent in 2012. (CBC)
On that occasion, the provincial Progressive Conservative party loaned Davis $5,125 to cover the bill,  said party executive director J.P. Soucy.

That loan is still outstanding. Soucy won't say if the party is charging Davis interest on the loan.

"We're okay with the arrangement that was made and the progress of it," said Soucy. "That arrangement is between PCNB and the MLA."

Financial records show that Davis has claimed more than $100,000 for office expenses since Oct. 2010.

Political science professor Michael Camp of St. Thomas University believes the Conservative party should have acted sooner.

"Obviously, there were signs of trouble that weren't dealt with and now they've come back and the taxpayer is going to be on the hook for it," said Camp, noting the involvement of the clerk's office in the matter now.

"The Conservative party, in this case, should have acted sooner on a problem it knew existed."

Within hours of the bailiff's notice becoming public knowledge this week, Davis issued a statement through the Conservative party, stating he would not be reoffering in September's provincial election, citing ongoing medical reasons.

No information was given on Davis's health concerns.

Davis has not been in the legislature since it resumed sitting in February.

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