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.