Nfld. & Labrador

Noseworthy plans Tory run against NDP leader

Newfoundland and Labrador's former auditor general said Tuesday he hopes to play a part in the government he used to investigate.

Newfoundland and Labrador's former auditor general said Tuesday he hopes to play a part in the government he used to investigate.

"I intend to seek the PC nomination in the district of Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi," John Noseworthy said on his Twitter feed.

If chosen, Noseworthy will face off against NDP Leader Lorraine Michael, who has held the St. John's seat since a 2006 byelection.

Noseworthy stepped down earlier in late July as auditor general, and refused at the time to rule out a possible run for politics. He left the position 13 months before the scheduled end of a 10-year appointment.

Just last week, Noseworthy tweeted that he had been "offered the job of leader" of the Liberal party, which on Sunday chose Kevin Aylward to succeed an ailing Yvonne Jones. "I was honoured and humbled but did not accept," Noseworthy said last Wednesday.

Noseworthy is best known for a series of 2006 reports that shook politics in Newfoundland and Labrador to the core. His investigations into what is still known as the legislative spending scandal resulted in four politicians — former Tory cabinet minister Ed Byrne, former Liberal cabinet ministers Jim Walsh and Wally Andersen and former New Democratic MHA Randy Collins — being sent to jail.

The scandal also led to criminal convictions against Bill Murray, the disgraced finance director of the house of assembly, and businessman John Hand, whose companies defrauded taxpayers.

Noseworthy's reports found that the politicians had received payments through their constituency allowances that far exceeded their limits.

The scandal crossed party lines, and led to a top-to-toe overhaul of how the legislature is managed.