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Leah McRorie 4 hrs · Alberta MLAs and what they claimed for their Edmonton living allowances cbc.ca/news/canada/ca… #ableg #yyc #yeg



Apparently the housing allowances expenditures information is public. It can be found here:
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Alberta MLAs who don't live in Edmonton or the nearby area are eligible to claim up to $23,160 annually to put toward the purchase or rental of a home in the capital. Many…
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MLA Expense Disclosure Reports
Certain expenses for Members of the Legislative Assembly are required to be publicly disclosed on a quarterly basis. The first set of reports will be posted and available to you April 30, 2013, then on a quarterly basis thereafter. To find Members’ disclosure reports, go to the drop-down box below, choose the MLA by name, and select Go. Reports are organized by fiscal year and fiscal quarter where the most recent is at the top of the list. Click on the report you wish to view.
Documents are posted in a PDF format and can be searched using the Adobe Acrobat functionality. Click HERE to download the latest version of Acrobat Reader.
If you have questions, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for MLA Expense Disclosure Reporting or contact your Member of the Legislative Assembly.


 
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http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/derek-fildebrandt-accommodation-living-expense-claims-1.4242539
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From $0* to $23,160: How much each MLA claims for living expenses in Edmonton

Many claim the maximum allowed amount while others opt to spend less of taxpayers' dollars

By Robson Fletcher, CBC News Posted: Aug 10, 2017 3:58 PM MT Last Updated: Aug 11, 2017 11:40 AM MT
Alberta MLAs who don't live in Edmonton or the surrounding area are eligible to claim up to $23,160 each year in accommodation expenses for a home in the capital city. Many claim the maximum, but others claim less.
Alberta MLAs who don't live in Edmonton or the surrounding area are eligible to claim up to $23,160 each year in accommodation expenses for a home in the capital city. Many claim the maximum, but others claim less. (CBC)
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United Conservative Party MLA Derek Fildebrandt made headlines this week for renting out his taxpayer-funded apartment on AirBnB.
Like all MLAs who don't live in Edmonton or the nearby area, Fildebrandt is eligible to claim up to $23,160 annually to put toward the purchase or rental of a home in the capital.
And, like many MLAs, he claimed that full amount in the last fiscal year.
But others manage to get by with less expensive accommodations.
  • Scroll down to see how much your MLA claims in capital city living expenses.
Of 63 MLAs who made claims last year or were eligible to, 31 claimed the maximum amount, while 32 claimed less than the limit.
The average claim was $18,831.
Liberal Leader David Swann claimed the least — zero dollars — but that comes with an asterisk.
"The reason is that I haven't submitted my expenses for this year yet," he said Friday. "I intend to submit those shortly."
Swann, who represents the constituency of Calgary–Mountain View, said he has a paid-off condo in Edmonton so all he plans to claim are his condo fees, which total about $450 per month or roughly $5,400 for the year.
Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark, who represents Calgary–Elbow, claimed $11,781.
Finance Minister Joe Ceci, the highest-ranking government MLA who doesn't live in Edmonton, claimed $15,400.
Eligible NDP MLAs, on average, claimed $18,725 while eligible UCP MLAs claimed $19,722.
Richard Starke — the lone Progessive Conservative MLA left in the legislature after the rest of the party's caucus merged with the Wildrose to become the UCP — claimed the maximum $23,160.

Another asterisk on the Speaker's claims

The highest claim came from Medicine Hat MLA Robert Wanner, but that one, too, comes with an asterisk.
Wanner serves as Speaker in the legislature and, as such, is in charge of the Legislative Assembly Office, which oversees all MLA expense claims.
Wanner's chief of staff Alex McCuaig said the $25,090 claimed by the Speaker includes a missed payment from the previous fiscal year that was tacked on to the 2016/17 claims.
Wondering how much your MLA claimed last year? Look him or her up in the interactive table below.
(Having trouble seeing the table on mobile? Click here for a direct link to it.)

Clarifications


  • An earlier version of this story included a different explanation of the Speaker's 2016/17 expense claims being over the maximum amount. His chief of staff had provided incorrect information initially but later clarified that it was due to a missed payment from the previous fiscal year.
  • Aug 10, 2017 4:38 PM MT
  • This story was updated on Aug. 11 after David Swann explained that he has not yet submitted housing expense claims for the 2016/17 fiscal year.
  • Aug 11, 2017 11:38 AM MT



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