Education Minister's expenses show irregularities, high costs
Posted on March 05, 2014 by Katherine Taylor
Education minister Jeff Johnson’s expenses reveal double-billing, lost receipts, taxpayers billed for optional extras like seat selection and hotel movies, and include a backdated claim for an expensive hotel room during the Calgary Stampede.
"Either the Minister is trying to get away with something or the system didn’t catch obvious mistakes," said Alberta Party leader Greg Clark. "One way or the other it shows a total disregard for taxpayers and is a sign of poor management in government."
Clark also questioned the judgement of some of the expenditures.
"The minister can have 'various government meetings' in Calgary any time," said Clark. "He doesn’t need to book a $569 hotel room at the busiest time of the year. The fact the expense is back-dated is also a huge concern."
“This is just the latest example in a long line of questionable expenses and it raises troubling questions about the controls in place to ensure expense claims are appropriate,” said Clark. “Our elected officials should serve the public interest, not their own.
“The culture of government has to change. Alberta politics needs a fresh start to reset the culture of entitlement that’s crept into government after so many years of one-party rule.”
Clark called for the Auditor General to conduct an audit into the expenses of all MLAs.
The following is a selected list of Minister Johnson’s expenses from http://expenses.alberta.ca/