Richard Hurlburt

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The Honourable
Richard Melbourne Hurlburt
Member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly
for Yarmouth
In office
August 16, 1999 – February 9, 2010
Preceded by John Deveau
Succeeded by Zach Churchill
Personal details
Born (1950-04-25) April 25, 1950 (age 66)
Carleton, Nova Scotia
Political party Progressive Conservative
Spouse(s) Nancy
Residence Hebron, Nova Scotia
Occupation construction contractor

Richard Melbourne Hurlburt (born April 25, 1950) is a Canadian politician. He represented the electoral district of Yarmouth in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1999 to 2010.


In June 1999, he barely escaped with his life when his light plane crashed into a lake in Yarmouth County. He said he would have drowned if it had not been for a passenger who dragged him from the wreckage.[1]

Hurlburt was a Yarmouth County municipal councillor for 11 years and was warden of Yarmouth County for 5 years.

He was a member of the Progressive Conservatives. Until the cabinet of Premier Darrell Dexter was sworn in on June 19, 2009, Hurlburt served as Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.

Expenses scandal[edit]

Hurlburt resigned from the legislature on February 9, 2010, following revelations that he had spent his constituency allowance on a generator and a 40" television, which together cost over $11,000.[2] He sought sanctuary in Florida citing "severe depression" where he was visited by his son and his lawyer, Martin Pink.[3]

On February 14, 2011, it was announced that Hurlburt was among four people facing criminal charges in connection with the RCMP investigation into 2010s MLA expense scandal. Hurlburt was charged with fraud exceeding $5,000, breach of trust by a public officer, and 3 counts of uttering a forged document.[4]

On February 23, 2012, Hurlburt's lawyer said his client would plead guilty to fraud and breach of trust. In exchange, three charges of uttering forged documents were dropped.[5] On April 12, 2012, Hurlburt pleaded guilty to fraud and breach of trust.[6] On July 27, 2012, Hurlburt was sentenced to 12 months of house arrest, followed by 12 months of probation.[7]


  1. ^ "QuickSketch of Nova Scotia Conservative Richard Hurlburt". The News. February 10, 2010. Retrieved September 20, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Hurlburt resigns amid spending flap". CBC News. February 9, 2010. Retrieved September 20, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Hurlburt reported close to collapse in Florida". Shelburne County Today. February 18, 2010. Retrieved September 20, 2014. 
  4. ^ "MLA spending probe in N.S. gets 4 charged". CBC News. February 14, 2011. Retrieved September 20, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Ex-MLA Hurlburt will plead guilty over expense scandal". CBC News. February 23, 2012. Retrieved July 28, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Hurlburt pleads guilty in N.S. spending scandal". CBC News. April 12, 2012. Retrieved April 19, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Former N.S. cabinet minister gets house arrest". CBC News. July 27, 2012. Retrieved July 28, 2012.