FREDERICTON, N.B. – The idea of tax payers footing the legal bills of former premier Shawn Graham isn’t sitting well with the People’s Alliance Party.

$72,000 worth of legal fees were racked up by the former premier during a conflict of interest hearing, involving Graham and loan guarantees to Atcon.

Peoples’ Alliance leader Chris Austin says the more you look into this case, the worse it gets.

“The taxpayers were already out $50-million over this botched deal. Then we find out about Graham’s conflict of interest. It goes to show the nonsense involved in New Brunswick politics.”

Austin believes either the Liberal party or former premier Graham should repay the money to the province.