August 21, 2017

Alberta expense account abuse can’t be fixed when “the government is auditing the government”

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

I’ve been telling you about the Alberta expense fiasco for a couple of weeks now and have been pretty tough on the Conservatives, but have also showed that this issue cuts across party lines. 

The audit the UCP conducted on themselves in the wake of this scandal may have been weak, but at least they did one.

What about the NDP?

They’ve been using this issue to attack the UCP and have called for apologies so I thought I’d see exactly what they’re up to when it comes to their own expense claims.

I looked into Minister Shannon Phillips’ claims for the 2016-17 fiscal year, and the 2017-18 fiscal year so far. 

Watch as I share what I found.

These costs may seem insignificant to some, but not only do they likely add up to thousands, maybe even millions across the Alberta government, but any out of work Albertan would have to forego these luxuries.

Derek Fildebrandt was investigated and resigned for things like double charging for a hamburger at Wendy’s, yet the silence from the mainstream media over the NDP’s own expense issues is deafening.

Even worse, the Legislative Assembly’s Office tells me that MLAs are audited yearly by Alberta’s Auditor General, so the government is auditing the government?

Surely, a private company would do a better job auditing and holding the government to account.

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commented 2017-08-22 11:11:43 -0400
Space Moose; Good one.Remove them all would be easiest.
commented 2017-08-22 03:02:04 -0400
Space Moose, no I hadn’t. Is that fact?
commented 2017-08-22 02:58:40 -0400
Forget it, it’s me.
commented 2017-08-22 02:57:43 -0400
Terry, haven’t you figured it out? The rebel shut down so that the more troublesome posts could be removed.
commented 2017-08-22 02:45:17 -0400
What’s with this website. I was finally able to get back on the rebel site since the Charlottesville fiasco and now I lost a bunch of postings. Where’s the female jihadi eyebrow plucking preacher post gone?
commented 2017-08-22 01:07:42 -0400
Yes, the truth is refreshing to hear, whether it’s criticizing a Conservative who did wrong or an NDP or LIberal who did wrong, that’s called fair & balanced & not an extreme right wing view, which is what other news organizations whether cable tv or newspaper has been calling the Rebel & it’s viewers lately.
Thanks Holly for digging up the facts.
commented 2017-08-21 23:49:42 -0400
Good reporting Holly. Unlike the leftwing media that maintains a position of being an apologist for the leftwing NDP regardless of what they do, the Rebel criticizes conservatives when they fall short.
commented 2017-08-21 21:56:49 -0400
Hi Holly. Great to see you bringing us the truth.
commented 2017-08-21 19:04:04 -0400
I guess this is part of trudeau’s wingnut… ndp wingnut accounting skills in motion…“Budgets Balance Themselves”