Airbnb listing lands Alberta MLA and former taxpayer watchdog Derek Fildebrandt in ho


spaminator
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Airbnb listing lands Alberta MLA and former taxpayer watchdog Derek Fildebrandt
 
JamesBondo
#2
Big deal. He wasnt hiding anything. And would you rather he left the apartment empty and taxpayers on the hook for everything?
 
Bar Sinister
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Quote: Originally Posted by JamesBondo View Post

Big deal. He wasnt hiding anything. And would you rather he left the apartment empty and taxpayers on the hook for everything?


I believe that he kept the money until he was exposed, so he was actually making money on an apartment that the government was renting for him. It is the very thing that Fildebrandt used to go after the former government for doing. It may be legal, but it outlines a bit of a glitch in the system when an MLA can profit from a perk that was not intended to be used in that manner.
 
justfred99
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Quote: Originally Posted by Bar Sinister View Post

I believe that he kept the money until he was exposed, so he was actually making money on an apartment that the government was renting for him. It is the very thing that Fildebrandt used to go after the former government for doing. It may be legal, but it outlines a bit of a glitch in the system when an MLA can profit from a perk that was not intended to be used in that manner.

Your statement says the government was renting the apartment for him. I am not sure that is true, I think the he is renting the apartment himself and is getting a fee for the government for him being from away. Some MLA's have bought a residence and are paying a mortgage payment on it, and what would be the difference if they put their residence up on AirBnB? Or does renting vs owning make a difference, in somebody's mind?
 
JamesBondo
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Quote: Originally Posted by Bar Sinister View Post

I believe that he kept the money until he was exposed, so he was actually making money on an apartment that the government was renting for him. It is the very thing that Fildebrandt used to go after the former government for doing. It may be legal, but it outlines a bit of a glitch in the system when an MLA can profit from a perk that was not intended to be used in that manner.

That depends on when he is required to report the earnings.
 
Durry
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Quote: Originally Posted by justfred99 View Post

Your statement says the government was renting the apartment for him. I am not sure that is true, I think the he is renting the apartment himself and is getting a fee for the government for him being from away. Some MLA's have bought a residence and are paying a mortgage payment on it, and what would be the difference if they put their residence up on AirBnB? Or does renting vs owning make a difference, in somebody's mind?

Yes this is correct. Many MLAs will purchase their own apartment/condo and then use the government rental allowance to make the mortgage payments on their purchased unit.

But at the end of their term, they will sell their purchased unit, often for a hefty profit. So in a way they are making money from their rental allowance.
 
Bar Sinister
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Quote: Originally Posted by justfred99 View Post

Your statement says the government was renting the apartment for him. I am not sure that is true, I think the he is renting the apartment himself and is getting a fee for the government for him being from away. Some MLA's have bought a residence and are paying a mortgage payment on it, and what would be the difference if they put their residence up on AirBnB? Or does renting vs owning make a difference, in somebody's mind?

He was getting an allowance from the government amounting to $23,160 a year as an out-of-Edmonton MLA. What he did was technically not illegal, but it was never the intention of of the government that set up the plan to have MLAs rent out the properties they rented at a profit.

Taxpayer advocate-turned-MLA sublets Edmonton condo while claiming public allowance


Taxpayer advocate-turned-MLA sublets Edmonton condo while claiming public allowance - Edmonton - CBC News
 
Durry
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Quote: Originally Posted by Bar Sinister View Post

He was getting an allowance from the government amounting to $23,160 a year as an out-of-Edmonton MLA. What he did was technically not illegal, but it was never the intention of of the government that set up the plan to have MLAs rent out the properties they rented at a profit.

Taxpayer advocate-turned-MLA sublets Edmonton condo while claiming public allowance


Taxpayer advocate-turned-MLA sublets Edmonton condo while claiming public allowance - Edmonton - CBC News

"it was never the intention of of the government that set up the plan to have MLAs rent out the properties they rented at a profit."

This is not written anywhere. How do you know it was even considered?
 
Bar Sinister
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Quote: Originally Posted by Durry View Post

"it was never the intention of of the government that set up the plan to have MLAs rent out the properties they rented at a profit."

This is not written anywhere. How do you know it was even considered?

Obviously it was not considered. If it was there would have been a clause added to the plan to prevent it. Mind you the plan was set up by the PCs so it is possible they just did not care.
 
JamesBondo
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Who says it was rented out at a profit?