For saskies, this sounds very familiar.
St. John's—Police have launched an investigation in a growing scandal that has already cost one Newfoundland cabinet minister his job and threatens to engulf other members of the provincial House of Assembly.
Auditor General John Noseworthy, who began his review of spending by provincial politicians last winter, met with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary in St. John's yesterday as its probe got under way.
The first casualty in the scandal was Natural Resources Minister Ed Byrne, who abruptly resigned from the Conservative cabinet earlier this week.
Byrne, who has represented the St. John's-area riding of Kilbride since 1993, is alleged to have overspent his constituency allowance by more than $325,000 for the fiscal years 2003 and 2004. The allowance —which is to pay for expenses including office rental, equipment, supplies and secretarial services —had been capped at just over $30,000 over the two-year period.
Three other MHAs, including a sitting Liberal, a retired Liberal and a current NDP member, are also being investigated by Noseworthy's office. He is expected to report on those files next week.