Sheridan committed breach, Opposition claims

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Opposition Leader Steven Myers is charging that Finance Minister Wes Sheridan committed breach of privilege and contempt of the P.E.I. legislature.

Opposition Leader Steven Myers tells reporters Thursday he believes Finance Minister Wes Sheridan misrepresenting province’s finances.

The spring sitting got underway this afternoon.

Myers asserted that Sheridan intentionally misled the house a year ago when he tabled his budget on March 27, 2013.

In that budget, Sheridan included $25 million in federal HST transition funding.

Myers says doing so was against applicable rules, rules that the minister knew were in effect.

However, when the audited “blue books’’ of the province were tabled in January, the $25 million was removed.

Myers says that amounts to presenting two completely different sets of accounting in the legislature.

“The treasurer has put the dignity and the authority of this house at stake,’’ Myers said.

Sheridan contends that the auditor general advised him all money involved in transition funding, which totals $39 million, should be accounted for in the year the HST was implemented, the current fiscal year.

Meanwhile, Sheridan said the provincial budget will be brought down next Tuesday.

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