EDMONTON - The Alberta chapter of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation has released its annual naughty-or-nice list of provincial cabinet ministers.

Spokesman Derek Fildebrandt says the list is based on Freedom of Information requests the federation made in early September, looking at the ministers' expenses.

Fildebrandt says the naughty list includes Dave Hancock for charging taxpayers for his membership in the law society and for hefty hotel bills at Calgary's swank Palliser Hotel and the Banff Springs Hotel.

Tourism Minister Christine Cusanelli makes the list for expenses she filed for the London Olympics, though she has already apologized and paid the money back.

Fildebrandt brands Premier Alison Redford as naughty for her handling of the Olympic tourism scandal.

On the nice list is Municipalities Minister Doug Griffiths; Don Scott, minister of Accountability, Transparency and Transformation; and Justice Minister Jonathan Dennis.

Fildebrandt said Griffiths scored marks for standing up to Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi "when the mayor was demanding new taxing powers without any new accountability for that.''

Griffiths insisted on a referendum.

"Minister Griffiths put his foot down, did the right thing, and for that, this year, he tops our nice list,'' said Fildebrandt.

Scott impressed the federation, which argued taxpayers should be able to go online and see what politicians are spending.

"To our surprise, he listened 100 per cent and, as a result, Alberta now has a nation-leading policy whereby taxpayers can go to alberta.ca and see exactly what their politicians are spending.''

Dennis was praised for his tame expense claims.

"He had the most boring expense claim I've ever seen in my life,'' said Fildebrandt. "He went to a German beerhouse, ordered Weisswurst sausages, and didn't even get a German beer to wash it down. So, for putting no rum in his eggnog, he's on the nice list.''

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  • NAUGHTY

    Deputy Premier Thomas Lukaszuk makes the naughty list for being "... a ceaseless traveller, he doesn’t like to stay at home and since he has to be deprived of staying at home, nothing but the very best hotel rooms and room service for Thomas Lukaszuk. You’ll have a hard time looking through his expenses and finding him staying at a hotel room for less than $500 a night. I think between Dave Hancock and Thomas Lukaszuk, the government of Alberta is providing an unofficial subsidy to the Palliser Hotel in Calgary.” Source: <a href="http://www.calgarysun.com/2012/12/19/canadian-taxpayers-federation-calls-out-alberta-mlas-in-naughty-list-for-lavish-spending">The Calgary Sun</a>

  • NAUGHTY

    Human Services Minister Dave Hancock makes the naughty list for: "Charging taxpayers for his law society membership, year after year. In two years alone, he dinged taxpayers $4,530 so he could reman a full active member. He’s a big fan of staying at the Palliser here in Calgary. ($600 a night; also $600 a night at the Banff Springs Hotel.) He doesn’t seem to want to settle for much less than that. For these reasons, he makes the naughty list very easily," Derek Fildebrandt at the Canadian Taxpayers Federation office in Calgary told <a href="http://www.calgarysun.com/2012/12/19/canadian-taxpayers-federation-calls-out-alberta-mlas-in-naughty-list-for-lavish-spending">The Calgary Sun.</a>

  • NAUGHTY

    Don't let the picture fool you. Premier Alison Redford makes the naughty list this year for "her handling of the Olympic fiasco, racking up $23,000 in personal expenses during her Olympic junket." Source: <a href="http://www.calgarysun.com/2012/12/19/canadian-taxpayers-federation-calls-out-alberta-mlas-in-naughty-list-for-lavish-spending">The Calgary Sun</a>

  • NAUGHTY

    Finance Minister Doug Horner "...is breaking the government’s promise to return the budget to balance, and will return Alberta to debt. Also, he refused to provide his expenses to me. Everyone else complied (to FOIP requests) except for him. That’s a big lump of coal, He gets a very big lump of coal," Derek Fildebrandt at the Canadian Taxpayers Federation office in Calgary told <a href="http://www.calgarysun.com/2012/12/19/canadian-taxpayers-federation-calls-out-alberta-mlas-in-naughty-list-for-lavish-spending">The Calgary Sun</a>.

  • NAUGHTY

    Tourism Minister Christine Cusanell "... gets two lumps of coal in her stocking this year. She was forced to repay $10,400 in inappropriate expenses (like using her government card to fly her mom and daughter to the Olympics). These have not only crossed the moral line, they have crossed the legal line. She also charged taxpayers through her ministerial budget for her living expenses, all the while she was pocketing the cash from her MLA living allowance. That’s not good at all. But, Santa does like apologies, and she has apologized, unlike every other member of the cabinet, for inappropriate expenses," Derek Fildebrandt at the Canadian Taxpayers Federation office in Calgary told <a href="http://www.calgarysun.com/2012/12/19/canadian-taxpayers-federation-calls-out-alberta-mlas-in-naughty-list-for-lavish-spending">the Calgary Sun</a>.

  • NAUGHTY

    Anyone who expensed in-room entertainment videos: “What kind of in-room videos? I don’t think they list those on receipts, because people wouldn’t want these things to be seen.” Source: <a href="http://www.calgarysun.com/2012/12/19/canadian-taxpayers-federation-calls-out-alberta-mlas-in-naughty-list-for-lavish-spending">The Calgary Sun</a>