There’s big news coming from the United Conservative caucus as MLA for Strathmore-Brooks and former finance critic Derek Fildebrandt has resigned amidst two expense claim scandals, and what the Media Party headlines are calling "a hit and run."
As reported in previous commentary, the expense scandal is a government wide problem and now we see several politicians exposed for maxing out expenses, sharing accommodations and abusing taxpayer dollars.
Since the media is already in campaign mode though, they’ll ignore NDP MLA’s who claimed a total of $34,000 in accommodations expenses and who are also sharing living spaces.
Derek Fildebrandt has hinted that a possible reason for these scandals being uncovered might be payback from Brian Jean’s campaign because he was vocal about not supporting the former leader of the Wildrose Party in the leadership race.
If this is true, it’s backfiring.
And if it was meant to target Fildebrandt, it’s spreading like a cancer through the entire party.
The UCP’s job isn’t to be its own political enemy and there are countless examples of NDP incompetence that they should be focusing on.
The public has a right to know about how their taxpayer money is being abused and I’ll condemn every single politician who is guilty of it, including conservatives, but why is this attack happening now? Watch as I explain.
The good news is that the United Conservatives have a couple ofyears to get their act together.
Part of this entails getting rid of unprincipled behaviour and trouble makers that can affect the entire party and the whole conservative movement with infighting and old battles that should have died long ago.
If they don’t do it, they’ll be handing the next election over to the NDP.