McNeil: N.S. Liberal party president's resignation over legal troubles a surprise

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil says he was surprised to learn of financial misconduct allegations against the recently resigned president of the provincial Liberal Party.

Jason Boudrot's former law firm says the Port Hawkesbury, N.S., lawyer has admitted to misappropriating money from his clients' trust funds, and has been fired and suspended from practising law in the province.

McNeil says he learned about Boudrot's problems two days ago and says they are not related in any way to his former position with the party.

The Liberals issued a news release Tuesday saying Boudrot had resigned from the party's board for personal reasons, and the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society posted notification on Wednesday that he had been suspended.

McNeil says it is his understanding that Boudrot had self-reported to the barristers society.

In a statement, Boudrot's former law firm confirms he informed the society on Monday.