August 14, 2017 (Calgary) – Former UCP Finance critic Derek Fildebrandt claimed meal expenses and also claimed the MLA per-diem for the same meal nine times, according to records released by Alberta Party Caucus Leader Greg Clark.
Double-claiming meal expenses is a clear violation of Member Services Committee Order 7(3):
Expenses claimed under subsections (1) and (2) shall not include any expenses for which the Member is eligible to be reimbursed in respect of the travel under any other provision of the Members’ Services Committee Orders.
“This is troubling information and I hope there is a reasonable explanation,” said Clark. “I have concerns that there may be other situations where MLAs have claimed multiple reimbursements or double dipped, either intentionally or unintentionally.”
Clark called again for penalties for MLAs who systematically break the rules, and called again for an audit of all MLA expenses.
“An audit is needed to ensure that all members are using taxpayer dollars wisely, and are not improperly financially benefiting from their role representing the people of Alberta,” said Clark. “If they are, there needs to be a penalty applied to send a message that this kind of behaviour is not acceptable,” said Clark.
“A full audit is the only way we’re going to restore faith in Alberta’s MLAs.”
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