August 11, 2017

Politicians profit off taxpayers: Fildebrandt’s Airbnb scandal reveals systemic problem

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

A recent scandal involving Derek Fildebrandt renting out his taxpayer subsidized apartment on Airbnb looks bad, but what’s worse is that it’s within the rules. 

Fildebrandt has apologized, will be taking a leave of absence from his position as finance critic, and has committed to repaying the money, but the most important part of this story remains unexamined.

That’s because once you look into this practice, you see that MLAs profiting from taxpayer money under accommodation expense rules is, disturbingly, quite common.

Watch as I look at some examples that cross partisan lines.

As is usually the case in political scandals, there is plenty of hypocrisy among politicians of different stripes but this controversy has opened a huge can of worms that goes well beyond the individuals involved, and all the way to the system that allows it.

Taxpayers deserve answers and while I did ask some questions, at the time of airing this story, I haven’t received any responses.

I’m determined to find out if the government is going to change these rules or if they’ll continue to allow politicians to get away with profiting off of taxpayers on both sides of the aisle, so I’ll keep you posted.

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commented 2017-08-16 18:32:33 -0400
Ayan is this the tax payers coming out ahead?
No different than the Duffy scandal that the Liberals kept alive till the election . Then did not investigate a Liberal who was accused of far more than Duffy . But once sunny ways got in it all went away and even Duffy was exonerated . Not that either should have been . If you don’t like the rules change them . Lots of pigs at the trough .
Waste of taxes for sure .
commented 2017-08-13 12:08:19 -0400
Bill Elder – I agree, they threw Derek under the bus knowing full well that it’s common practice. In my opinion, Derek was naive in thinking that because the WR party knew he was doing this, that the public wouldn’t see this as a financial gain to him at tax payers expense. He fell for the bait, which is sad because I think he had great potential. The snakes in suits will use every opportunity to attack their opponents, especially ones that stand a chance of winning.
commented 2017-08-12 15:25:09 -0400
I now expect it to be revealed that NDP MLAs are pulling the same crap.

I have no doubt that their bribes, paid for via the carbon-tax, are just the tip of the iceberg of the corruption that the NDP swears they are holier than thou free of.
commented 2017-08-12 15:21:04 -0400
While there is some likelihood that Jean’s campaign snitched on Fildebrandt (although as I pointed out 4 hours ago, this may backfire as they have opened a can of worms), I wouldn’t implicate Kenney’s campaign.
According to a statement he issued on this Airbnb matter, Fildebrandt speculated, “I hope that my stance two days ago concerning the UCP Leadership race in no way influenced the timing of this story being released the following day.” What stance concerning the UCP leadership? Four days ago when he announced that he wouldn’t be joining the race to lead Alberta’s new United Conservative Party, he took a swipe at Jean, making it abundantly clear that he wouldn’t be voting for Jean, his former leader: “I’ve had two-and-a-half years to work with him and see his leadership up close. I’ve got more than enough experience to make a very confident decision that he is not the best man to lead the party and lead Alberta.” Ouch!
commented 2017-08-12 14:33:20 -0400
I’m betting on the low odds that either Jean or Kenny camp organizers ratted Derick out to the Dip media to ensure he would not attempt to re enter the leadership race – and that he will permanently wear this stigma, limiting the populist voice in the party.
commented 2017-08-12 12:51:02 -0400
Dan Mancuso, Exactly as I have been warning for decades now. Too late because the entitlements – albeit they are slowly disappearing , for Canadians continues to flow therefore they could care less and in fact aren’t even paying any attention. HOwever the end is in sight as the world arrives with their hands out and the elected fill them second- after their own are filled.There simply isn’t the money to pay for all of this and we the slaves/taxpayers are at the bottom of the every list of priorities with every single politician,government and so on. The end is near and the vultures (the coveted foreign invaders and the political Gods) will take all leaving us with the clothes on our backs but at that point of course it will be too late!
commented 2017-08-12 12:22:27 -0400
“I’m determined to find out if the government is going to change these rules or if they’ll continue to allow politicians to get away with profiting off of taxpayers …”

The problem is not a lack of adequate rules, but rather a deficit of ethics.
commented 2017-08-12 12:00:37 -0400
Oh come on, the entire system is entirely corrupted.
Why else would all this evil shyte being perpetrated against us by those we apparently elect – politicians, and pay – bureaucrats, be happening, let alone escalating?
This corruption is ongoing only because we the people allow it.
Why do we allow it…
commented 2017-08-12 10:55:12 -0400
Fildebrandt is being raked over the coals by the leftist media which has no concern about the massive debt being racked up by the NDP.
Not excusing him, but, as he said, his collegues in the WRP were aware that he was doing so. He, probably with good reason,suspects that exposing him doing so is payback from Brian Jean’s campaign for Fildebrandt’s dismissal of Jean as a worthy leader for the UCP. However, as Holly points out, that has opened a can of worms that may wish that they had never opened.
commented 2017-08-12 10:48:02 -0400
What about the converse – i.e. While residing in his Edmonton -government subsidized housing – he /she puts his original (home) residence on AIRBNB ? Is this still considered unethical ????
commented 2017-08-12 03:40:34 -0400
Hey, i’m all for their graft, so long as they are ok with changing the address from the Speaker from, “the right honorable”, to, “the slimy scum bag”.
commented 2017-08-12 02:58:53 -0400
Hi Holly. Expose them all.
commented 2017-08-12 01:53:12 -0400
Jeremiah 17:9
commented 2017-08-11 20:52:51 -0400
All government employees try to make a profit from their out-of-pocket expense claims. That’s the way it’s always been. They try to spend less than the per diem cap limit, or allowable spending limit on work-related items/equipment, and then claim the per diem or maxim allowable, unless receipts are required, such as is the case motel/hotel accommodations. In BC, back when all scaling and grading of crown timber was done by government scalers (pre-1986), they were each given a draft of $1,000 which they were required to pay back upon retirement (no adjustment for inflation). That was so that, in their travels, their expenses wouldn’t have to come out of their own pocket…. never mind that they would be reimbursed once their expense claim was submitted. The smart scalers invested that $1,000 in high interest saving accounts or stocks. Upon retirement they would then pay the $1,000 back to the government, keeping all the investment gains that $1,000 produced for themselves….. unless they had accrued enough banked sick days to cover that $1,000. Then they wouldn’t have to pay anything back at all.
commented 2017-08-11 20:47:56 -0400
As posted in an earlier video, I give up and quit. Better uses for my money than donating it to any political party, and better use of my time than volunteer during an election.
commented 2017-08-11 20:09:41 -0400
Doesn’t matter who all steals from taxpayers, even if our immoral political system condones it, for people who still have some ethics, it’s wrong and dare I say, sinfull if that means anything anymore.
commented 2017-08-11 19:55:01 -0400
Somebody from the REBEL had to say something
Thanks HOLLY

Within perameters
But just doesn’t look good
commented 2017-08-11 19:47:04 -0400
I get so sick of corruption in politicians.