Wednesday, August 9, 2017

BBQing the Fildebrandt -- Post #6


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The United Conservative Party MLA says there’s nothing wrong with him subletting his downtown Edmonton apartment while claiming thousands of dollars in rent from the public purse.

United Conservative Party MLA Derek Fildebrandt says there’s nothing wrong with him subletting his downtown Edmonton apartment while claiming thousands of…
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Julie Ali
 I have to admit that I find this situation rather odd. Here we have Mr. Fildebrandt who I seem to recall was an avid defender of the public purse when he wasn't a politician as noted here:

http://www.derekfildebrandt.ca/about

Fildebrandt served as both the Alberta Director and National Research Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. Federally, he fought to end the Liberal long-gun registry, scrap gold-plated MP pensions, and require First Nation Chiefs to publicly disclose their salaries to band members. In Alberta, he led the fight against the Redford government’s deficit budgets and abuse of taxpayers’ money.
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So he was all about "abuse of the taxpayers' money" before he got to be an MLA.
Now he is an MLA and he has a subsidy for housing that is rather plush in my opinion:

http://edmontonjournal.com/.../finance-critic-derek...
Members of the Legislative Assembly from outside the capital region are entitled to a maximum of $23,160 in a fiscal year to own or lease a property in Edmonton, or $193 per night for a hotel while in the city on official business.
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Not satisfied with the generous outlay of cash by taxpayers he parleys this allowance into a business venture where he makes a profitable sum of cash. He sublets this apartment to gain a nice income besides the public subsidy. This sure seems like double dipping to me. If there are no rules against this practice there sure as heck should be.

I encourage the NDP folks to take full advantage of this revelation of how fiscally unsound the Finance Critic for the UCP is and put in legislation stat to prevent the rental of any property that is financed by the housing allowance. While I sympathize with Mr. Fildebrandt's canny use of other peoples' money to make a profit I somehow don't think he should be doing this while telling us that it is a waste of housing. That is besides the point. He either gets the housing allowance or he gets the rent that someone else pays him. He should not be getting both the housing allowance and a rental income simultaneousl.

In my opinion, if the Finance Critic for the UCP is so bad at preventing the abuse of public monies, he should simply retire from politics and start a private business where he can use other peoples' money without such impediments to his ingenuity.


Derek Fildebrandt is the Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Strathmore-Brooks and serves as…
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Kris Singh Sorry that would be the definition of double dipping. 1 - claiming the rent as an expense. 2 - collecting additional rent because it is unused. See Derek that's two in case you can't count. Two dips would result in a double dip by definition.

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Andy Conn Math is hard for the alt-right

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Kris Singh I really thought Seinfeld properly defined the double dip. Guess not.

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Lucia Iorio EXACTLY

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Julie Ali I have to agree with you that this sort of business set up stinks. It may not break any current laws or regulations but it still stinks.

Regulations need to be present to ensure that subletting of a property is prohibited when the MLA is getting paid by the public purse for housing. Double payments should be made improper by legislation.

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Kris Singh It's a loop hole. If you expense rent then it has to be a cost to you. I can't go to my employer and expense say parking if I parked for free. It might be allowed but it's still double dipping.

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Susan McNeil Double dipping would be expensing two employers for the same bill.

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Kris Singh No double dipping would be collecting twice on one invoice. Has nothing to do with two employers.

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Nicole Wetsch Umm no Susan McNeil. Double dipping is getting paid twice for the same thing, regardless of where it comes from.

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Cherie Skolney Hope he has competition becuz I won't vote for him!

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Julie Ali Cherie Skolney I don't think he will get rehired.

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Jason Vaudrin Leave him alone you bastards!!! Do you know how much it cost to fill those jerry cans😳😳😳😳

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Dustan McLean This comment wins.

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Lucia Iorio Lolololol

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Jason Specky $7720 for three months rent for a BACHELOR SUITE??? Is this in The Pearl???

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Susan Lee I was thinking the same.....lots of money for a prairie apartment! Also Airbnb can rent daily or weekly....sounds like a profitable deal😉

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Jason Specky $2500 a month, roughly.

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Jason Specky That he claimed.

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Colton Pollard 2500 a month downtown is not crazy

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Torch Rankin For a 1 bedroom in Edmonton?! It's completely crazy.

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Julie Ali Even in downtown Calgary you can get an apartment for $1,000.

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Kelly Wolfert Workin' the system. 
Party politics aside ... it's taking advantage of the system and tells quite a bit about how he sees things. 
The next time he criticizes that the government is taking from Albertans, he's going to have to explain this. 

Every day. 
All the time.

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Julie Ali He doesn't have any sort of credibility now yapping to us about fiscal responsibility and appropriate use of taxpayer dollars when he is using our money to make a profit on a business venture.

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Thomas Dewey Julie Ali He has no moral compass.

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Julie Ali Thomas Dewey I guess this is how he got from the Canadian Taxpayers Federation preaching about fiscal mismanagement and the abuse of taxpayer dollars to this place of using public dollars for his own profit. Interesting how a transition to political life changes the behaviour.

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