The expense scandal began with reports of MLA Derek Fildebrandt renting out his apartment on Airbnb while still claiming the accommodations expenses allotted to those that live outside of Edmonton, but it has shone a light on wrongdoing by several other MLAs.
It seems Derek Fildebrandt had a lot of enemies, even within his own party.
I’m not excusing his behaviour and am glad that this issue has been uncovered. We now know that 31 out of the 63 MLAs were allowed to claim maximum expenses, did.
The United Conservative Party did the right thing by coming clean on an internal audit revealing that they made some expense errors totalling about $560.
That’s not so bad although it does show they’re not being as careful with our money as we might want.
But at least they’ve been honest, and so far, I don’t see the NDP doing any audits despite being just as guilty.
Their own hypocrisy isn’t stopping the NDP from using this issue to attack the United Conservative Party.
They all need to address maxed out accommodation expenses and double dipping. No business would be able to get away with what these politicians are doing, so why do we tolerate this double standard?
Obviously the rules need to change and they need to change for all politicians, not just the UCP.