News

Linda Reid defends legislature expenses

Richmond East MLA Linda Reid defended her recent expenses as Speaker in the legislature in a two-page statement late Wednesday after a report in the Vancouver Sun questioned the spending.

“As Speaker, I take full responsibility for these expenditures, The legislative assembly is the people’s building, it should be open and transparent and the public must have absolute confidence that we are managing the taxpayers money appropriately,” she said.

The spending in the heritage building included a $48,412 “Speaker’s Console” desk. Reid said the new equipment allows the Speaker to know when MLAs wish to address the house. It also allows three politicians who use a wheelchair to easily inform the Speaker their intention to speak.

Reid said the spending is part of her “accessibility agenda,” which includes new wheelchair access, automatic doors and improvements to elevators, sidewalks and parking.

Reid also spent $13,965 on new drapes for the legislative dining room. Reid called the expense “routine maintenance,” which permits repairs every 18 to 20 years. The drapes in the dining room were last replaced in 1996.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

B.C. to add rural ambulance resources
 
Jeep wrangles wrong mud patch
 
Landlord provides home to Richmond family in need
New West to seek intervener status on coal court case
 
Report card time for local politicians
 
Loss of life a huge price to pay for broken system: Watts
Fatal shooting in Surrey Saturday morning
 
Watts transferred to Peace Arch Hospital
 
Vedder River channels in Chilliwack will see habitat restored

Community Events, September 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Sep 19 edition online now. Browse the archives.