Guardian learns Olive Crane used taxpayers money to pay for zero work

Teresa Wright
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In this Guardian file photo, Olive Crane announces her resignation as PC leader.

She pays chief of staff, Kent Avery more than $18,000 of public money months after he was laid off

Twelve days before Olive Crane stepped down as the leader of P.E.I.’s official Opposition in January 2013, the Opposition office issued six cheques to its chief of staff worth a total of $18,463.

The cheques came from a so-called ‘slush fund’ an operating grant given to the Opposition and government backbenchers’ offices to help run their daily affairs.

As the departing chief of staff of the Opposition office, Kent Avery was entitled to four months of severance pay from the legislative assembly of P.E.I.

But, thanks to a contract signed by Olive Crane and then-Progressive Conservative MLA Hal Perry, when Avery’s severance ran out, that’s when the cheques kicked in.

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According to posts on his Facebook, Avery spent the seven months after he left the Opposition office travelling and spending time with family.

But, a Guardian investigation has learned that from June to the end of August 2013, taxpayers paid Avery with those six cheques a total of $18,463.50 even though he left the employment of the Opposition office months earlier.

The Guardian conducted interviews with numerous individuals who did not want to be identified, but who offered details of the events leading up to this.

It was a tumultuous time in the province’s Opposition office.

Crane announced she would resign as leader of the party in December 2012 after both she and the party continued to flatline in the polls.

Perry became Opposition leader after Crane vacated the post on Jan. 30, 2013 for a brief, confusing time, when Georgetown-St. Peters MLA Steven Myers was, at the same time, interim leader of the party.

Eventually Perry stepped down as Opposition leader, leaving Myers in charge.

But the Opposition office was out of money and no one knew why. Myers and his staff began an investigation of the books, and in late August 2013, discovered the six cheques, each in the amount of $3,077.25, that had been issued on Jan. 18, 2013 to Kent Avery from of the Opposition office’s operating grant. Less than two weeks later, he was laid off.

The pay periods for each of the cheques ranged from June 2 to Aug. 24, 2013.

This was confusing because Avery had not been working in the Opposition office since January. Also confusing was why he was paid from the office’s operating grant.

While employed as chief of staff, Avery was classified as an excluded employee. Excluded employees of any office of the legislative assembly are paid from a separate salary account allotted to each office. They are not normally paid from the operating grant.

In a statement to The Guardian, Avery says he was an excluded employee but also had a contract with the Opposition office.

This contract, signed by Crane as party leader and witnessed by Perry as Opposition house leader, provided Avery with assurance of compensation until the end of August 2013.

After his departure in January, he received four months’ severance from the legislative assembly, which all classified employees are entitled to if laid off. When that ran out, Avery had the six cheques from the Opposition office’s operating grant, which allowed him to continue receiving pay from P.E.I. taxpayers until he resumed his job as a teacher in September 2013.

Meanwhile, honouring this contract with Avery together with a host of other unexpected expenses incurred under the previous leadership left the Opposition office’s operating grant virtually empty with four months left in the calendar year and eight months before the new fiscal year.

Myers reached out to former premier Robert Ghiz, asking for more money to allow his office to operate. Ghiz agreed.

As for why Crane signed a contract with Avery despite the fact he was already an excluded employee is unknown. Also unknown is why all six cheques were issued to Avery in January, months before the pay periods of June to August.

Detailed questions sent to Crane via email were left unanswered.

“As you know I left politics last year and as a private person I no longer do interviews,” Crane said in the only response offered to The Guardian for this story.

Crane did not reoffer in the provincial election and is now working in the Department of Workforce and Advanced Learning on a one-year contract.

Myers would only comment briefly for this story, saying he did investigate whether there was any legal recourse for his office once he discovered the payments to Avery from the Opposition office’s operating grant.

But since there was a signed contract between Crane, Perry and Avery, he says there was nothing he could do.

“Once we had determined there was no legal recourse, I figured there was no use dragging someone into the mud over it,” Myers said.

“We moved on.”

Current Opposition Leader Jamie Fox says he was wholly unaware of the whole transaction until The Guardian requested comment for this story.

“My understanding is that there was a contractual arrangement made between the leader of the Opposition, the (Opposition) house leader and the chief of staff in 2013. The only people who knew about the arrangement were the principals involved. The office staff and caucus were not aware of this arrangement until months after the fact,” Fox said in a statement.

“This arrangement was reviewed and it was determined that it was a poor management decision by the individuals involved and no legal recourse is available to pursue the matter further.”

Money provided to the caucus offices for their operating grant is part of the legislative assembly of P.E.I. budget.

It is used for expenses by MLAs such as mileage, donations to charities or fundraisers, as well as office supplies, equipment, cellphone bills, advertising, hosting and other office expenses. It can be used for contracts, but normally for short-term, sessional employees or special projects or consultants.

Charles MacKay, clerk of the legislative assembly, told The Guardian an accounting of this money must be presented to the province’s legislative management committee annually.

But this money is not audited. Details of spending by Opposition or government backbench offices cannot be viewed by the public or accessed through freedom of information.

MacKay says he is not aware of the payments to Avery and did not want to comment on personnel matters.

“We don’t scrutinize what a contract would be worth with a different individual or individuals that (the Opposition or government members’ office) may wish to contract services for. Those are independent decisions made by those offices.”

Requests to Perry for comment for this story were not received by deadline.

Perry crossed the floor to join the Liberal party in October 2013 and recently served as education minister in Premier Wade MacLauchlan’s cabinet before being abruptly shuffled out of the job earlier this week.

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  • Josh
    January 12, 2016 - 08:34

    No, say it isn't so. The perfect politician herself got caught doing what she lambasted other politicians for doing as well. Typical politician, corrupt at the core just a different coat of paint depending on the political party.

  • Selfish hogs
    January 11, 2016 - 16:25

    Lets not worry taxpayers about $18.000 lets get to the millions and millions that was stolen through E-gaming and PNP and also the wasted severance packages why is the previous liberal crooks still out walking the street. Hogs at the taxpayers trough the entitled elite crowd, when is this partying ever going to end, Next.

  • Jimmy Buffet
    January 10, 2016 - 20:37

    Olive was to be the broom to clean up the Tory house and get rid of all the old baggage of the Binns Circus . In my humble opinion there has never been an honest and honorable Tory , but then again I am only 56 years young . Good luck finding anyone across this country , just look at Mulroney and Harper , must be something about the power of office and their blue book of ethics .

  • James
    January 10, 2016 - 19:53

    Just look at the facial expressions on these three. Look like a kid getting caught with their hand in the cookie jar. This quite and example the Liberals and Conservatives are teaching our children. MLA Bevan Baker, stay away from this bunch. Your credability and intigrity out does all of them. Opposition Jamie Fox and his crew are done. How can they question the Liberals on financial issues, slush funds , etc when doing the same thing. PEI is the laughing stock of Canada

  • Ron
    January 10, 2016 - 12:00

    This expenditure was from the Conservative Party's government allocated funding. It is not the taxpayer in general, who should be majorly upset with her, but the Conservative members, and the party, whose funds she spent "all in one place", leaving the party short for other legitimate expenses.

    • UPWESTER
      January 11, 2016 - 10:32

      If the money didn't come from the taxpayers, where did it come from? It is taxpayer money the governing side allocate to the opposition to run their office. It did not come from Conservative funds but from we the taxpayers and what they did with it is at best an abuse of the system if not outright fraud.

  • no thanks
    January 10, 2016 - 11:48

    never mind !!!!!! they are politicians , hence are higher class, smarter . above the law and entitled to honestly steal whatever they can !!!

  • John
    January 10, 2016 - 11:40

    By the way you talked in the past olive ( cannot comment now what a joke ) you always said the liberals need to be honest and not hide things from the public, looks like you are a dishonest person as well and still on the taxpayers dollar on a made up job by the liberals ! Next time you stick out your hand to shake mine in morell I will not Shake it but will remind u of the crook u are

  • Hey People
    January 10, 2016 - 10:44

    Hey people ; what's all the gripping about , are you finally pulling your heads out of the sand . This sort of theft & corruption has been going on for years by BOTH parties & you knew it . But being the intelligent voters you are ; why all the gripping now . Olive's $18,463.50 blunder isn't even a drop in the bucket of what this province is running in the RED that you can thank yourselves for .

    • izzy
      January 11, 2016 - 20:06

      so you are saying there's been no griping by people until now? Must be your first time reading the newspaper.

  • islandwoman
    January 10, 2016 - 10:18

    Any news on the millions the liberals stole from us?

  • democrat
    January 10, 2016 - 09:54

    This article along with the revelation of the MLA slush fund a few days ago shows the sloppiness of how public funds are used in this Province. The Premier, in all his transparency, must propose in the next sitting of the House, to eliminate this slush fund. It is an abuse of the taxpayers. If MLAs need to give to charity let them give of their own pockets or forego contributing. Excusing the demand for a raise in their annual salaries with being able to support various charities obviously is a lie. So they got the raise, - and now, that is it, - eliminate the second 'well.' Bunch of leaches.

  • oberts
    January 10, 2016 - 09:42

    This is a case of 'chicken little', with a good dose of Tory bashing. Now, Theresa, show us your mettle and investigate and write a story about the 'history' of severance pay. Go back to the Joe Ghiz times, or further back, and run a history of the amount taxpayers have coughed up to deputy minister and liberal and conservative cronies employed and let go over the years. It would be an interesting read and comparison of the changes. Please.

  • disgusted
    January 10, 2016 - 09:37

    So a chance to hang Olive out and the Tory party in general. Good for the Guardian. Now let us see the Guardian give equal time to investigating the liberals and the far more serious matter of the goings- on during the e-gaming period. Tell us what severance pay was given to members of the e-gaming participants/ ex-government employees. What was the Ghiz executive assistant Chris LeClair paid when he left his position? What was deputy minister Tracy Cutcliff paid when she left her position? It should be public knowledge and you should be bringing this to the public as part of e-gaming investigative reporting. Only a partisan paper would deny us that.

  • Peter Johnsson
    January 10, 2016 - 07:38

    So, really! What's new here?

  • A open and transparent government,ya right
    January 10, 2016 - 06:12

    Those who have stolen money to their own benefit should be kick out of government with no severance. This severance is bull crap if you are voted in and proved to voters that you were untrustworthy and did not do your job, ( still in the red) and always promised a balanced budget, should receive their pink papers nothing else.When are islanders going to see that PEI politics is the worst corruption in the country.Anyways for a very small island we have tooo many so called MLAS in there draining our small province this has to be stopped, what ever happened to a open and transparent government Mr.MacLauchlan its high time to see some heads rolling. Só ashamed to be an Islander.

  • chris
    January 10, 2016 - 03:51

    The question here is who has committed FRAUD? I believe there is clause in employment contracts with the province that after you receive severance you have tow ait a certain period before you can put back on the payroll. Now Avery received severance and was instantly put back on the taxpayers payroll even though he was not doing anything for the money. Someone including Myers should be suing him for the money to be returned as he did not perform anything for it and since he had already received severance.

  • Disappointed
    January 09, 2016 - 22:31

    Olive always was just about the money. She's always been as corrupt as Ghiz. Now we have the proof.

  • kp
    January 09, 2016 - 19:16

    The million dollars to the e-gaming committee is a bit more. Wade isn't even challenging (without the sturdy support of an AG) the partying and off-site expenses. The government's hired lawyers ate and drank and golfed travelled likely far, far, more than $18000. They met at hotels in Charlottetown rather than in their conference room. According to the Simplex / CMT report, they were supposed to 'launch' their e-gaming project at an ICE conference in London, UK Jan. 2012, and the five of them (the McInnes Cooper e-gaming committee) did go. (I called ICE to get a copy of the said launch, and they had never heard of them. It was open to the public - but the PEI gaming project had no launch, nor a booth, or any airtime whatsoever. What happened in London? How did they travel? Why were they there? The public is going to cover this?

    • kp
      January 10, 2016 - 00:58

      *(I contacted ICE.)

    • kp
      January 10, 2016 - 00:59

      (I emailed them).

    • kp
      January 10, 2016 - 01:05

      **(And, golfed and travelled; all of which likely cost far, far more than $18,000... there was no launch, nor a display booth, nor any airtime whatsoever ).

    • kp
      January 10, 2016 - 01:08

      And, the entire defamation case is grounded on the interests of private individuals / likely government officials. Those costs are also racking up, on a daily basis. Why is our government calling someone a liar?

    • kp
      January 10, 2016 - 18:41

      Someone whose only public statements have been fact-checked by the Globe & Mail, and have been supported by signed e-mails and documents.kp

  • Bernadette Mulligan
    January 09, 2016 - 18:59

    It looks like Crane's hands are dirty, as well as Hal Perry !!! Now we know WHY ? Hal Perry was sent to the back of the bus / ' back bench' !!! The 'truth' does come out, when ' butts' are on the line This is the tip of the iceberg, now we want the 'truth' & cover-up, by Robert Ghiz, Wes Sherdian, and All of that team, some in the current { Wade's} government. NOW !

  • Truth Seeker
    Truth Seeker
    January 09, 2016 - 17:37

    I'm starting to get the impression that you can do whatever you want in PEI. No one will ever punish you for it. In time people will take matters into their own hands to dole out some punishment like they do to politicians in other countries. Oh but we can't because someone will probably get offended or not feel safe. If you steal, you shouldn't feel safe.

    • Regular Joe
      Regular Joe
      January 10, 2016 - 12:57

      It's only like that for the ones on the right side of politics or connected to the party . Two sets of laws on Prince Edward Island , those that regular everyday people have to abide by and those that politicians and their buddies have to abide by , which BTW are almost non existent . when was the last time you saw an Island politician held accountable for fraud , theft or abuse of power or position , answer NEVER . Time to start demanding recall legislation with out it nothing will ever change . Excuses for not having it oh it will lead to costly by elections and such . Well I would rather spend money on by-elections and criminal charges then stuffing the pockets of DIRTY politicians or giving it to party friends in forgivable loans .

  • no thanks
    January 09, 2016 - 17:25

    wade hastily call a news release , shuffles cabinet , gets rid of perry and then this news follows -- Follow the money and you'll find politicians at the trough

  • martin
    January 09, 2016 - 16:54

    Teresa, thank you and while you are doing this investigating reporting you might want to tell the taxpayer the settlements paid to Macmillan, macKenzie, Macdonald and the rest of the employees that the Premier let go. I am sure in would be in the millions.

  • david
    January 09, 2016 - 16:12

    This is pretty dirty and disgusting behavior by the politicians not to mention also by a school teacher who is NOW teaching our kids. I think it time that this fund becomes public since obviously the Tories can not be trusted with taxpayers money.

  • Olive was Liberal when this happened
    January 09, 2016 - 15:41

    By the time Olive committed this deed she was well into the Liberal camp .....now I know where she was coming from.....

  • Emmerson McMillan
    January 09, 2016 - 15:38

    did premier know this when Cabinet was shuffled ?? District 27 deserves better Hal has embarssed Conservatives Liberals Cabinet and Goverment how much more are we going to take from this guy.

    • kyle
      January 10, 2016 - 10:50

      Emmerson ,Hal is there until the cons, find a better fellow to be him the last guy ,people just made jokes about him.Hal is also helping allot of people in his area.

  • Indigo
    January 09, 2016 - 15:28

    In the name of transparency, please investigate the total amount deputy ministers are entitled to receive upon termination of employment. Reveal the double pension arrangement that Ghiz put in place for his cronies, unheard of in any other places. I think the taxpayers will fall over, - it is repulsive, - so let us have the truth on this, it must be public knowledge. The excuse that these people are paid less than in other Provinces is pure crap. For the size of scope of those jobs here they are overpaid and over compensated in fringe benefits. The cussed truth is that they are paid to cover up and keep silent about political shenanigans going on. Judging from the turn over, it appears they are perfectly happy being "underpaid" haha.

  • Sara from Souris
    January 09, 2016 - 15:26

    So much for honesty and integrity olive - I voted for you many times SHAME! on you and Hal, I though you were real

  • Ralph
    January 09, 2016 - 15:20

    Holy crapola, if you want to dredge things up from time past, let us talk about the severance pay certain liberal such-ups got paid by the Ghizes. I recall a certain public service commission employee walking away with 1/4 of a million dollars, as did some people from the Premier' office, - it was disgraceful, - but nobody has never seen fit to question that. In the name of fairness, please go back and illustrate the abuse that has taken place over the last 10-15 years. It will warm out hearts. Please, - let the dirt see the light of day, --- so it can be stopped.

  • Emmerson McMillan
    January 09, 2016 - 15:08

    Hal needs to resign the people in District 27 deserve better he mislead conservatives used money to get elected. was not honest in veting when sworn into Cabinet . led to his workers and volunteers as recently as Wednesday when was telling them Cabinet was over whelming was why he was getting out. he emabarssed the Conservatives mocked the Liberals for 2 .5 years now has emabarssed premier and Cabinet how much more does District 27 need from this Guy before he is asked to go home, if he wants to Run again thats fine now that everyone knows the true politician in Hal. Mr Premier please show leadership here really and Hal are tarnishing you caucus and you are saying its ok and its not.

  • Emmerson McMillan
    January 09, 2016 - 14:59

    Premier should ask for the resignation of Hal Perry, and he should also inform electorate why he lead them to believe Cabinet shuffle was just restructuring Islander deserve to be told the truth. Olive Should also be removed or resign which properties will she save which will go not to be trusted Islanders need stong leadership and Honesty..

  • DAVID
    January 09, 2016 - 14:54

    This is a big diappointment for many Islanders to see Olive Crane doing what all the others have been doing. She is the very one who pushed the PNP scandal. Opposition Jamie FOX, my friend, you have a big mess here. Other Opposition knew all about this and were willing to stay silent. It is your sworn duty to dicipline your own by kicking them out. Just like the guy who had a DWI from years back. Did not take to much time to make headlines about him. Now the very ones like Lantz, Alyward, Myers, Lavie who play inncocent should all be ousted. Now you know Mr FOX why you got this opposition leader position. You party is rotten to the core. Will be hard now to pin point the Government on slush funds. You are all a bunch of of the same stripe.

    • mjm
      January 11, 2016 - 09:17

      David ....it was a good 7 month after they found out ....and if they had said anything at that time everyone would have said they were mud slinging at poor dear Olive!! I'm glad it came out the way it did.....someone other then the torys .....and remember it was all Olive ,Hal's and Avery's dirt underhanded deed...Funny how old Hal stepped down soon after...

  • mjm
    January 09, 2016 - 13:10

    Remember it was all above board:/ Olive, Hal and Avery did it all by themselves..... They had the key to the purse and the legal right to do this amazing deal for Avery.....Olives little pet dog.......She was the ruler and you don't cross the ruler or your wings got neatly clipped! Now, you can understand why she resign from the Tory party and taking her other lap dog Percy across the hall to the liberal party!! Even the liberals as crock as they are didn't take old Olive on board......

    • scam
      January 10, 2016 - 21:04

      They gave her a job 80 000 a year id say thats obn board

  • Ripped Off
    January 09, 2016 - 13:08

    Why aren't the police investigating this? What else did they spend tax dollars on?

  • dawn
    January 09, 2016 - 12:59

    Now that you broke this story on the PC, start doing one on the liberals, lots to report on there...... You got a couple of peaches there Wade Congratulations!!

  • Kinkora Tory
    January 09, 2016 - 12:42

    Why didn't Myers speak out until media approached him? Not very ethical by Mr. Myers. He should resign from caucus- if Alyward and Lavie knew about this and did not go public, they should resign as well. If they do not, the Torie caucus has no credibility holding the Liberals feet to the fire. Mr. Fox, do your job! Very unethical behaviour by 3 members of the Tory caucus who stayed silent until the media reported.

    • scott
      January 09, 2016 - 16:40

      Myers and ethical? This si the same "man" who, as leader of the oppostion didnt have the gnads to boot Crane from the party to her face.. he did it on Friday afternoon at 5 pm... and now, we find this out? He's got some nerve criticizing the Liberals. Hasd I known this last election, I never would have voted for Aylward, I would have voted Green or NDP. Given the past issues witht he party, I'm hardly surprised by anything from Myers mouth.

  • de udder guy
    January 09, 2016 - 11:55

    Once again a bang up job of investigating and reporting on a minor issue that isn't connected to the government. Not now, not then, and not at any point in the future. Meanwhile real issues just stroll by as if they never occurred in the first place. I must admire her twitter handle though..."not a pushover or a partisan". Too many lol's to catch my breath.

  • ron
    January 09, 2016 - 11:51

    wow, olive doing this who thought she was so much above everybody else goes to show don't trust a politician

  • Mac
    January 09, 2016 - 11:34

    This is the tip of the iceberg, Teresa. Dig deeper and you will see that she had paid people on her team when she sought the PC leadership. Wonder where that money came from to pay these people. Nothing but a crooked bunch!!

  • Taxpayer
    January 09, 2016 - 11:33

    Once again politicians and government employees ripping off taxpayers. More corruption! When private citizens take money they are not entitled to it is a crime, when the government does it, it is done via taxes. No wonder other people cheat on their taxes. This is comparable to the Mike Duffy contract that is being investigated so should get the RCMP to review this contract also.

  • Islander
    January 09, 2016 - 11:27

    ...leaves me wondering how Rob Lantz was paid for his "leadership"?!?!

    • Sside Tory
      January 09, 2016 - 13:50

      He was paid by the PC party, approved by the party executive, with money donated willingly by members and supporters, not taxpayers . That was public information. This is an entirely different kettle of fish. Avery was given the severance he was entitled to as an employee, but Crane decided to "bridge" him, on the taxpayers dime, until the end of August until he could return to his teaching job in September. And she did it on the way out the door, without the knowledge of staff or her caucus.

  • Mark
    January 09, 2016 - 11:26

    Nice to see that my comment from 730 this morning didn't get posted. Can't say anything about the biased reporter in a biased paper.

    • Happens all the time to me
      January 09, 2016 - 14:45

      I have put up many comments that don't get posted also. I consider it an infringement of our free speech.

  • AMAZED
    January 09, 2016 - 11:14

    Nice work if you can get it !!! There is no end to the ways Tories can funnel cash to their own . Unless you are from Brighton , Liberals tend to eat their own .

  • Thankful but confused . . .
    January 09, 2016 - 10:46

    While paying for zero work is no surprise, this article does offer up a few surprises. 1) The Guardian does investigative journalism. Given its capacity, that's a welcome surprise! Good work Ms. Wright. However . . . 2) Given the many millions of unaccounted for expenditures by the previous and current government, why does $18,463.50 matter? That amount doesn't even cover the weekly interest payments on existing unaccounted for and questionable expenditures. Sort of like reporting a kid playing with a sparkler while Province House is burning. 3) What would be the end of this sentence: "The purpose of this article is to . . . "? If we don't know the author's intended purpose, how do we know if the article did the job it is meant to do? Left to speculation, the article opens itself to very questionable motives and charges of political bias. All that said, I'm still thankful for the journalistic effort - as confusing as I am about the purpose of that effort in the first place.

  • no thanks
    January 09, 2016 - 10:34

    more THIEVES !!!!!

  • Shelly
    January 09, 2016 - 09:57

    Interesting article, I guess this explains why poor Olive & Hal were ousted -but how does the Premier explain hiring Crane?

  • Fed up
    January 09, 2016 - 09:55

    Severance pay of $18,000?!?! Doesn't hold a candle to the SEVEN $70,000!!!!! Severance packages the kicked out Liberals were given.

  • Fed up
    January 09, 2016 - 09:51

    OMG Guardian.....the idiotic things Ghiz did...then double that when Wade shoved him out and took over...I.e. FOUR cabinet shuffles in less than a year....all the money the Liberals have hidden...and YOU dig up OLD NEWS!! Only because it's against the PCs... And you insist you aren't biased?!?

    • Agree totally!!
      January 09, 2016 - 11:36

      I could not agree more! I was thinking about writing to Teresa Wright and a cc to Wayne Thibodeau regarding how biased the Guardian has become towards the Liberals! Considering that they put this article regarding $30,000.00 as front page news, and continuing on the second page; and not the $29,000,000.00 wasted on the 2014 celebrations by the Ghiz Liberals, or putting any ink to the $900,000.00 wasted by the Liberal party under Ghiz, Wes and the Liberals, is why I am now thinking about cancelling my longtime subscription! I do not think that Teresa or Wayne will publish these anti Liberal comments!!

    • izzy
      January 10, 2016 - 15:22

      so why is it you disregard Teresa Wright's significant reporting on PNP? Why is this story regarding Crane not worth reporting? I think the bias is yours, "Fed up".

  • WOW
    January 09, 2016 - 09:43

    Just as bad as Duffy.

  • Riley
    January 09, 2016 - 09:20

    I cannot believe you The Guardian would do a Story like this knowing that you would be tearing apart a good persons reputation when in fact he did absolutely nothing wrong! I have no doubt the back room boys are at it again But that is why this Conservative Party is in such a dissary! Time to clean out this bunch of Thugs!!

    • Oh please
      January 09, 2016 - 12:58

      If he didn't do anything wrong, they wouldn't be able to ruin his reputation!

  • Told u so
    January 09, 2016 - 09:11

    To all that though old Olive was a sweet wonderful woman......told you so!!

  • mutt
    January 09, 2016 - 09:00

    Just another bunch of political crooks

  • Regular Joe
    Regular Joe
    January 09, 2016 - 08:44

    Every dime from taxpayers that goes to any Government office , politician , political party , or anyone that works for any political party , or Government Dept , who are paid with Taxpayer Provided Dollars needs to be accounted for and posted openly for all to see . This needs to include all contracts and so called slush funds ,expense accounts ,credit card ,gas and mileage receipts . There should not be one dime of taxpayers money ,that can not be accounted for , or shown were it was spent and when and by who and on what or who .

    • Lily
      January 10, 2016 - 10:50

      I agree. Politicians are PUBLIC SERVANTS just like federal or provincial employees. If the public's $ are paying, then they should at all times be accountable to the public. They were voted in to represent us; not to play power games with each other.

  • Liberal dong
    January 09, 2016 - 07:13

    This is taxpayers money being mismanagement it is time to contribue this so called slush fund to creating jobs for islanders. I believe that is why we have the E-gaming fiesco still going on in our province, it seems to be very easy to access,there should be a investigation into alot of personnel banking accounts also,and we can see why PEI is into the red. A major investigation should be in order.

  • Islander
    January 09, 2016 - 07:05

    What was this Premier told. Clean up the past mess than move on with new Government. This Progressive party is also a piece of work. They all pretend they know very little and noone really knows anything. This is just one of many hidden agendas. Taxpayers are the victims here again. Premier Wade has a worried look on his face. Olice Crane now no longer does interviews? Now we know why.

  • Really Olive?
    January 09, 2016 - 06:45

    Olive Crane doesn't want to speak or comment? Guess there is a first time for everything!