Tory MLA Greg Davis expense report delayed

A report on the expense claims of Campbellton-Restigouche Centre MLA Greg Davis will be delayed by at least one week.

'New information' has come to light and review by legislative committee may take another week

A report on the expense claims of Campbellton-Restigouche Centre MLA Greg Davis has been delayed, the Speaker has announced.

The legislative administration committee (LAC) has not yet received a completed report from the clerk's office, Dale Graham said during a brief statement on Tuesday.

Campbellton-Restigouche Centre MLA Greg Davis will not reoffer in September's election. (Progressive Conservative Party of New Brunswick)
The Progressive Conservative and Liberal members of the legislative administration committee had agreed last week to review how the Tory MLA spent public funds on his riding office, dating back to 2010.

The LAC was expected to make that information public on Tuesday. But Liberal MLA Victor Boudreau, who sits on the committee, says it could take at least another week.

The clerk's office just received "new information" on Monday that needs to be added to the review, said Boudreau.

He does not know what the information includes, he said.

Boudreau expects the LAC to get a final, detailed copy next week, possibly on April 1. It will be tabled the same day, he said.

Earlier this month, it was revealed that Davis failed to pay the rent on his constituency office, despite claiming the maximum amount of $40,000 a year for expenses.

A bailiff's notice posted on his office door stated he owed $6,665 in rent, dating back more than six months.

The legislature clerk's office helped him pay his outstanding bill.

In 2012, the Progressive Conservative Party loaned Davis $5,125 to cover a five-month bill, even though he had already claimed the maximum $40,000.

That loan went hidden because the party declared it under another person's name.

Davis has announced he will not seek re-election in September, citing health reasons.

A bill currently before the legislature would require all New Brunswick MLAs to publicly post all their expense claims online.

As it stands, all the public sees is the total amount of expenses claimed by MLAs, not the individual receipts. Only legislature staff get to review the breakdown of expenses.

Liberal Leader Brian Gallant introduced Bill 14 in November, months before a bailiff's notice for non-payment of rent was placed on the door of Davis's office

The Progressive Conservative government has said it will likely support the bill, which means the requirement could be in place by the summer.

Liberal Opposition House leader Bill Fraser has also called for the legislative administration committee to start holding its meetings in public, like its counterpart in Nova Scotia.