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Proposed legislation in Nova Scotia would put municipal politicians under the same expense rules as their provincial counterparts.

The amendments to the Municipal Government Act and the Halifax Regional Municipality Charter are part of the government's plan to bring more transparency and accountability to politicians' expenses.

With the changes, all expenses will be reported online, municipalities will have to set up auditing committees, and taxpayers will no longer pay for alcohol expensed by councillors and officials.

The changes follow an ombudsman's report that revealed questionable expense claims and a lack of documentation in Richmond County.

(The Canadian Press)

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P-E-I's premier is asking the federal government to defer implementation of its proposed tax changes.

Wade MacLauchlan has sent a letter to federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau, saying there is significant uncertainty in the business community.

MacLauchlan says many business owners say the changes could be an impediment to succession planning, particularly in the agriculture and fishing sectors.

(The Canadian Press)

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(Halifax-Amazon-Bid)

Halifax's decision to try to attract Amazon's new corporate headquarters has set off a fiery debate about whether the city of 425-thousand is ready for the big leagues.

Amazon is hunting for a location for a second campus in North America, with plans to spend five billion dollars and create 50-thousand jobs.

Mayor Mike Savage admits Halifax is a "dark horse" in the race, but he says the city has skilled labour, a tech sector and a good quality of life.

But critics say Halifax is too small for such a huge undertaking, adding the city should put its time and energy into more achievable goals. …

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