Alberta Government Expenses: Hundreds Of Receipts Released, Pre-Election Details Missing

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Alberta government release expenses, pre-election details missing. | CP

EDMONTON - The Alberta government has released hundreds of pages of photocopied taxi chits, food bills, hotel charges and parking receipts for all its cabinet ministers.

Don Scott, minister in charge of accountability, says the move fulfils a promise made by Premier Alison Redford to deliver more information on government spending.

The expenses date back from May to August of this year.

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation, a longtime critic of government spending and accountability, says release of the receipts sets a high bar that other provinces should follow.

But the federation also says it's disappointed that the expenses don't include any from before the last election.

It says Albertans have a right to see how politicians spent their money and the past shouldn’t be covered up.

Further expense updates are to be made available online by the province every two months.

Premier Alison Redford said in September of this year that Alberta's new method of reporting travel and expense claims would make it easy for the public to keep an eye on her government.

The Progressive Conservative government ordered the review after two senior health executives lost their postover lavish claims worth $346,000.

Redford's financial details also came under fire when it was alleged that billionaire Daryl Katz contributed $430,000 to the Tory campaign in the spring election — well over the $30,000 individual maximum.

Party officials have not commented on the specifics of the Katz donations, but say there is evidence no one contributed more than the maximum.

The allegations are being investigated. Redford has said she will make the findings publicly available.

It was also revealed that her sister, Lynn Redford, was reimbursed more than $3,000 by taxpayers to attend and hold PC party events.

The Alberta government also proposed an Election Accountability Amendment Act last month, that would give the chief electoral officer power to publicly divulge the names of those who give and those who get illegal political donations.

Eight-one files have been opened since last year on alleged improper donations.

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