MLA Greg Davis hasn't repaid Tory loan for unpaid rent

The Progressive Conservative Party says Campbellton-Restigouche Centre MLA Greg Davis still owes the party money from a two-year-old loan to cover late rent payments.

PC Party representative says Davis's loan is not considered bad debt

The Progressive Conservative Party says Campbellton-Restigouche Centre MLA Greg Davis still owes the party money from a two-year-old loan to cover late rent payments.

The party spent $5,125 bailing out Davis for five months of office rent in 2012. Davis later expensed $4,000 of that amount himself but he hasn't paid the party what he owes.

Tory MLA Greg Davis has not repaid a loan given by the Progressive Conservative Party two years ago to cover late rent payments. (CBC)
Last month, Jean-Paul Soucy, the party’s executive director, explained the party's decision to pay Davis’s landlord in 2012 and indicated the party considered the money a loan.

Bob Hatheway, the party's official representative, told CBC News on Monday the loan is "ongoing."

“It's not complete,” Hatheway said of the loan.

Hatheway won't say how much money Davis has repaid the party, if any.

"I don't consider it a bad debt. My expectation is that it will be repaid,” Hatheway said.

It's not clear why Davis hasn't been able to repay the party by now, almost two years after the bailout.

Davis himself has not responded to interview requests since questions first began about his rent payments.

The first-term Tory MLA announced in March he will not run in this fall's election.

Davis’s questionable expenses came to light last month when office furniture in his Campbellton-Restigouche Centre constituency office was briefly seized by sheriff’s officers for non-payment of $6,665, representing six and a half months of rent from September 2013 to March 2014.

Last week, the legislative administration committee released a report into Davis's office expenses.

The committee’s report said Davis had not claimed or been reimbursed for the unpaid rent between September 2013 and March 2014, so the legislature staff decided to pay the landlord directly out of the $40,000 budgeted to cover his office expenses.

The legislature ended up paying another $1,028 for legal, bailiff and moving costs in getting Davis’s furniture released, but that’s the only extra cost to taxpayers this year.

However, the report also said that Davis claimed expenses for four of the months in 2012 and was reimbursed despite the party paying the rent. That's more than $4,000 in taxpayer dollars.