Nova Scotia has been caught up in a political scandal that just keeps getting weirder — it involves secret recordings, alleged bribery, archaic laws that hadn't been used in decades, and biting. Here's what happened.
In the fall of 2013 the Nova Scotia Liberals oust the NDP and win a majority government. Andrew Younger, seen as a smart guy who could one day make a run for leadership, was named Energy Minister.
Everything was going great until a few hours after Younger was sworn in. That evening he was allegedly bitten by a woman in a park called "The Dingle."
A year goes by, and in fall of 2014 Younger starts receiving mysterious threats in the mail at his office.
Police investigate the threats and over the course of their investigation learn about the Dingle incident. They charge former Liberal staffer Tara Gault with assault. She pleads not guilty.
Younger, who is married, said he formerly had a "personal relationship" with Gault.
But Younger does not go down quietly. He reveals he secretly recorded a conversation between himself and the premier's chief of staff, Kirby McVicar, in February.
Regardless, Younger says he managed to find the tape after all on the cloud and hands over what he promises is the full thing. It's 12 minutes long.
In it, McVicar tells Younger he could get back into cabinet someday. He also calls reporters "animals" and advises Younger to tell them: "No comment. It's my private life. Go fuck yourself."
McVicar also goes on a lengthy tirade about Rick Grant, a well-liked CTV reporter who just retired. "That's how Rick works on his Enquirer bullshit," says McVicar.
"You know why? He's been there 38 years. That's the problem, he's been around too fucking long. He's not interested in what government does or says anymore, he's only interested if someone's been in a car accident or, you know, he's just ambulance chasing."
On November 23, McVicar refuses to resign over the controversy.
On November 24, McVicar resigns over the the controversy.
But the resignation wasn't for the tape itself, it was for saying that Younger had PTSD and brain cancer.
So where are we now?
McVicar is out of a job. The premier is without a chief of staff and still facing questions on the whole affair every day. Younger remains a member of the legislature but now sits as an Independent.
As for Tara Gault, she not only escaped conviction but just became a lawyer.
Paul McLeod is a politics reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC.
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