Friday, August 11, 2017

Chris Spady Chris Spady This from mr fiscal Derek who never saw a tax he didn't like. But it is ok for him to scam the system... hypocrite!


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Milton Friesen He gets a benefit for housing while away from his constituency and decided to use that amount to rent an apartment, capitalizing, as it were, from our bloated bureaucracy.

The moralists have no issue with that.


He decides to benefit even more from his apartment by renting it out when not in use, and thereby capitalizes on a market opportunity.

The moralists cry "unethical!"
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Robert JL What a surprise. Mr.Pull Up Your Bootstraps Ayn Rand Libertarian is actually just another greedy and entitled conservative politican that thinks the rules don't apply to him because he has a bad haircut and hates unions. This is the guy angling for the top spot in the Ministry of Finance everybody. A real scrapper that will look out for the average joe. It is AMAZING reading the mental gymnastics in here that his supporters are willing to go through to defend this. It just goes to show that the blatant hypocrisy of so called 'conservatives' is perfectly acceptable to their supporters so long as their friends are benefitting. 

Also note that one of his AirBnB reviews says "as a single woman she wouldn't stay at his apartment again." A real sterling example of an Albertan gentleman to be sure.
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Mark Pearson
 These guys in the Wildrose are not simply mean and nasty. They have no moral values whatsoever.
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Bill Adams he he he heha the United corrupt party shows how they will govern, he he h aha
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Ian Patton Just imagine Fildebrandt's hair-on-fire response if it was an NDP doing this.
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Linda Granholm Talk about 2 faced! Rules for me and the rules for everybody else. Sounds like a little side hustle for our Uber conservative finance critic
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Horace Chauncey Nope. The taxpayers fund the lodging to provide a place to stay. They do not provide the expense so that the elected official can profit from that arrangement- he already has. Do they get a car allowance? Can he use the car to drive for Uber?
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Marie Frances McLeod Lovely example of the new United Conservative Party. Or, the Wild Conservative Party as some call it.
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Mj Wreckenridge This is all too familiar; reminding us of the last greedy conservative regime.
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Tom Egan Only after he got caught. Not willing to pay back is pork barrelling money.
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Nathan Mah Cmon guys!!! This is what Alberta wants ... future entitled mla's
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Barb Germann He's a finance critic.....hahahaha!! You can't make this stuff up!
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John Nedd WOW. Where's the CTF to explain the tax waste on this one!
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Geoff Aucoin "IT'S ALL BRIAN JEAN'S FAULT!!" What is this, Bozo Eruption number 1000?
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Audie Fox A "modern sharing economy"? Why, that almost sounds like... communism?
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Ted Letourneau Libertarians like Filderbrant only care about themselves and money.
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Jack Harder We had over 40 years of this BS. Vote him out Strathmore grow some cahoonas.
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Tom Egan He needs to payback his total subsidy. and throw himself on the mercy of public opinion.
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Daniel George Clearly he's a sociopath. How anybody can support this sad human being is beyond me...
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Lorne McClenaghan Somebody who needs money so bad he does this, shouldn't be anywhere near government....
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Susan Kleinsasser And we are the dippers? Pft!
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Iain Campbell Well there is the look of surprise on my face. NOT. "The apple didn't fall far from the tree".
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Lori Misura I betcha rev canada will have something to say about it!
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Yvonne Haggart Sooner or later, they all show their true colors. Not, very bright this guy.
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Bill Dolman And will he also donate his jerry cans of gasoline (that he filled on December 31, 2016)? Hypocrite.
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Carole Moon If a person does not have integrity, I personally don't want that person representing me on the political stage.
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Andrés Dean “They’re going to have to justify why they are there in the first place and how they’re doing things and are they doing it the best possible way for the best possible value to taxpayers.”

- Derek Fildebrant
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Erin Eldridge Daling Did he say "modern sharing economy?"😂 Dang, Derek....that almost sounds like socialism...ooga booga...
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Lorne McClenaghan Revolting. Will someone ask him if he declared the income to CRA?
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Fred Hadley Typical politician, once caught he is willing to do the right thing. It's a way of life for these lowlifes!
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Jim Fehr I would say, every single person in the government should be checked for compliance...
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Bill Adams THIS IS NOT OK FOR ANY MLA, NDP, PC OR WR, WHERE ARE THE MORALES OF OUR POLITICIANS GONE, AND THE PEOPLE EXCUSING THIS SHOULD BE ASHAMED. THERE A TIME TO SUPPORT YOUR PARTY AND TIME TO SUPPORT WHATS RIGHT FOR THE PROVINCE!
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Kelly Wolfert So .... who leaked this to EJ? 
And for what benefit? 
Talk amongst yourselves ...
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Julie Ali I'm guessing someone in Mr. Jean's camp released this data. And good for them. Now we can ask for changes in the housing allowance rules. Maybe we can ask for the elimination of the housing allowance. It sure seems too generous and easy to abuse this benefit. Of course this would mean we write to the premier. Here is her e-mail: premier@gov.ab.ca
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Ked Edmonton Derek Fildebrandt (from a profession who are the most despised and least trusted) says there's nothing wrong with subletting his downtown Edmonton apartment on Airbnb while claiming thousands of dollars in taxpayer-funded PUBLIC housing subsidies....
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Ralph McNaughton Derek Fillhispockets as he is being called on 630 CHED has lost all political credibility. From being the former Alberta director of the Canadian tax payers federation where he regularly pilloried federal and provincial politicians for wasting tax dollars, to being the very outspoken opposition finance critic, he has probably sewered his political career. Jason Kenney will no longer want any political endorsement from this hypocrite.
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Cam Wilson "Fildebrandt said the rental is completely above-board and complies with the rules." Just another political hipocrite hiding behind corrupt rules written by corrupt people. We see this in the news almost weekly now.
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Jessica Sachs If he has been subtracting the amount received in payment for the AirBnB rentals from the amount claimed for rental and expenses, it truly has been above board and I would commend him for truly working to reduce the cost of government for the taxpayer. If he has been receiving full reimbursement for rent and utilities, and then making money on the same property that the government is essentially paying for, then he's double-dipping. It might be within the guidelines, but it's exactly the kind of practice that I'd hope a member of the UCP and spokesperson for the Taxpayer would help to clean up.
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Ray Wilk Simply more of the corruption of the Alberta right. Loud hypocritical individuals like Fildebrandt, always looking to better themselves. That is what these arrogant fools are about. He should have reduced his claim for the value of the rent. But these people are so greedy and manipulative they will take every advantage there position of power will afford them. Remember Alberta these people are in a position of power and they also understand the weird Albertan love of the right no matter how corrupt they are. Just another sky palace in the making. Now we know why he pulled out of the leadership race. Derek doesn't even understand the optics of hiw actions and he wants us to vote for him, laughable.
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Todd Saucier If the roles were reversed and it was a different party doing this Derek would be crying foul and taxpayer abuse to the people from the front steps and asking for an investigation. As it is it is him and obviously a political smear attempt from others he likely ticked off he is putting forth what he is. Not so comfortable when on the receiving end is it Derek. MLA's are cutthroat when it comes to politicking. Someone wants Derek out.
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Cindy Nylander He's not a true conservative He is a libertarian and he says it with pride like it's a good thing. Then he accusing a candidate he doesn't support of bringing this to light. Where's the proof derick You are in way over your head
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Dennis Ormrod how about a government dorm with a right and left wing? Then housing allowance wouldn't be necesssary. And a biker den mother with lots of tattoos to keep them apart after "lights out". Don't mean to offend bikers, I have tattoos too.
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Stu Ball So then his income from BNB needs to be deducted off his expense allowance, its a not brainer, and Maybe CRA would like to have a look at this as well?
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Chris Conway Why is there such a fuss? Entitlement and double-dipping is standard stuff for Con politicians. Look at Duffy. Hell look at Kenney who traveled the province stumping to be PC leader while getting paid by federal taxpayers to be an MP.

How quickly e
veryone forgets the 44 years of PC sleaze. Just cos they changed their name doesn't mean they changed their game!

This hypocritical chump will likely be the Min of Finance in a Con govt. Go ahead and elect them - put their snouts back in the trough!
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Toby White My MLA allowed constituents to use his apartment when they had to be in Edmonton for hospital appointments, etc. But I guess you could also use it to make money...
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Zack Kirsch Had the plan from the start been to donate 100% of the AirBNB profits back to the Alberta government, (and he had paperwork to back up that he had been doing this from day one) I would actually applaud him for his efforts to save taxpayer money. The fact that he only mentioned donating the money after he was caught wreaks like Alison Redford. I think his constituents should respond to his behaviour accordingly.
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Matt Maciek Badura It is one thing to be reinbured for legitimate and fair costs of operation, it is another when you start using publicly funded allowances and benefits to line your own pockets. It speaks to the character, and entitlement, of each representative that is here to SERVE the populace, and it says, "I am here for me first and will make choices intented for my prosperity first". To me that mentality spills into other areas of decision making and is unhealthy for any public servant to possess. Government should strive for better results, while decreasing overal cost to attainting these results. Wether it is a mortgage that grows the value of a property, or a lease that you rent out when not around, the earnings should go back to the public coffers. 

But it does bring up conversation and maybe we can come up with better ideas. A communal building for MLAs to share seems like a good idea. It can double as a hotel when officials from other jurisdictions are in town.
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Bryan Darling Mathematically, even if he had deducted his property income ($320/month) from his expenses ($2570/month) he still would have been entitled to claim the maximum claimable at $2250/month or $27000 a year. The maximum is $23160. 

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 rent and a high maximum claimable. Maybe the maximum claimable should be reduced to $12,000 a year for all out of town MLAs or $1000 a month. I don't see why in town MLAs should be allowed to claim it. This move could save $1 million to $2 million annually.

He also obtains an unfair advantage over other AirBnB landlords using his government subsidy. With such a nice expensive place partially paid for by the taxpayer, he can get more business because he has a nicer and potentially cheaper Airbnb than other AirBnB landlords on the market.
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Brendan Sherwin Here's the math why he wasn't saving us money and that he's a snow job liar. 
$7720/3months = $2573.33 per month is what he has as monthly claim. One can argue he has chosen over priced option for the amount of time spending at this location. If you 
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that by 12 months = $30,880 annually he will incur as expense. So instead of picking suitable location for the amount allowed. He will have to to make up the shortfall.

$30,880 minus allowable $23,160 = 7720 shortfall to make up 

Average yearly earnings from AirB&B based on first three months $2,555/3months x 12 = $10,220. Now he has put himself in spot where not only will he make up short fall but can earn extra income on the expense money he receives from the government. All sorts of shady this is. If this is common amongst our elected officials I certainly want to know.
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Kathleen Rae Oh Derek, you name is in the news again? My Grandma always told me, fools names and fools faces always show up in public places.
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Jillian Sturm Its in essence theft from tax payers. When will politicians understand they are OUR employees. They often forget the servant part of being a public servant.
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Jason Baldwin Even if it's legal it looks super sleazy.

I get a kick out of how he immediately throws his ex boss under the bus 😁
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Deryk Norton Perhaps the Journal could rediscover investigative reporting and tell us which MLAs are using their housing allowances to buy a place or pay down a mortgage.
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Mike Olesik Where are the comments from brian jean? If a NDP did that , we would be hearing him talk about it for the next week, calling the ndp crooks.
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Chelsea Watkins Well, there is something wrong with AirBnB-ing your publically subsidized apartment. If you don't understand this, then you're the perfect politician. I don't want you to donate your money, I want to stop renting it out your apartment.
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John W Gelston People think that just because something is legal, it's ethical! If that were the case, explain apartheid, in its day, to me
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Dan Barham While this may not be illegal because the laws still haven't caught up with AirBnB this is not OK. Per the statement by the chief of staff: 

'the system is set up with the intention that members claim actual expenses, not the maximum by default.'


Since Derek is turning a profit on the property by renting it via AirBnB the property is not actually generating actual expenses. 

Meanwhile his offer to pay the profits into the provincial debt is a fake PR stunt as individual citizens can not write cheques to the debt or government beyond their tax assessment. 

For those of you who think this is ok, ask your self if a member of Notley's staff was doing it would you ACTUALLY feel the same way? I think not.
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Curtis Anderson Politician has been a dirty word for many years,another example why !!! Right or wrong decision making skills seem to be lacking in these folks !
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Clayton Bowen This kind of thing is probably more common there should be just a set amount paid to rural members for the days they need to be in Edmonton
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Ross Penner I think Derek should be fined $100,000 for wrongful doings maybe use him as a good example stop using the public to pay their way and I think he should get a 1yr suspension from political activety,,
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Alain Pascal Routhier Never had a bank give me a mortgage and offer to pay my rent in an apartment in a different town to allow me to rent the house I financed with their mortgage, seems generous to me.
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Brian Keller What did he used to say about a culture of entitlement?
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Samantha Shaw Disgusting... these people have no respect for taxpayer dollars
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Julie Ali Yup. And now I am curious if this practice of investing taxpayer dollars to make a profitable business on the side is endemic among the other MLAs. Who will tell us?

How many MLAs are subletting their apartments and also getting paid the housing allowance?
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Bill Adams it's amazing that when it comes to UCP corruption the members are fine with it but if anybody else did it they would going nuts, just shows how they would govern if we let them back in, this is why we kicked the Pcs to the curb
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Zoë Sellers Ladies and gentlemen the #UCP in action. Fildebrandt loves his government handouts, as long as they're for him.
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Julie Ali Very sad indeed. But then the political hires know how to milk the system and taxpayers are all a herd of cows to them.
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Sandra Lee Really, he finds nothing wrong with this, that's full on double dipping.
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Joshie Drama Young Sharon, good start for the new United Conservative Party.😒😏
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Scott Hicks Is the fact that he dropped-out of the UCP Leadership race yesterday a coincidence? LOL
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Allan Paquet How do you spell hypocrite? F I L D E B R A N D T
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Julie Ali Actually let us not be too harsh. All Politicians are hypocrites not just the Fildebrandt.
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Kevin Hale Step up to the plate Fildebrandt. 

Fking toughguy
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Greg Albin Oh boy we may have our own mike Duffy over here .i bet Derek's quite gay to pad his bank account at our expense *pun fully intended*
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Christina Lawrence Disappointing but not surprising. This shows his character and his view of the legislature. Telling
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Joan Paton The oroblematic ethics of taking money from the public to pay your rent and then making money by re-renting it to someone else should not need to be explained to him. This is not like using a housing stipend to pay a mortgage or pay rent where you live. Pretty shameful in my mind.
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Linda Block He is a disgrace and should resign. This is the type of entitlement we should be getting rid of
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Kajsa Duke The irony that he is the finance critic. 

Did he do the same thing last year? 


Did he file rental income on his 2016 tax return?
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Terry Ledingham Just more of the same 'Old Conservative Entitlement Clause' that went on before.
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Dean Chiasson Typical of all blood-sucking right-wingers.
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Larry Phillips Oh, the left would never do this !
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Dean Chiasson Larry Phillips I'm not suggesting otherwise. However, as a general rule the pig's snout in the trough is most often a right-wing one.
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Chris Spady This from mr fiscal Derek who never saw a tax he didn't like. But it is ok for him to scam the system... hypocrite!
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Dedee Marie Morie CONservatives never change !!! Always take care of themselves ...
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Halia Radiuk Claim it in tax and reduce his $$ let rev Canada chase him.
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Gloria Galas They never change do they
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Brendan M. Smith Yeah and Mike Duffy was found innocent too, this stinks and everyone, even cons, know it!
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