Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Lawmakers Close Loophole That Allowed MLA to Rent out Subsidized Condo

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Lawmakers Close Loophole That Allowed MLA to Rent out Subsidized Condo

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Alberta lawmakers close MLA rental loophole

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EDMONTON - Alberta lawmakers will no longer be able to rent out their taxpayer-subsidized apartments.

Members of the legislature's all-party member services committee have approved a motion closing a loophole that allowed former United Conservative Party MLA Derek Fildebrandt to rent out his subsidized condo on Airbnb.

Fildebrandt later paid back the money, but resigned from the party caucus last month over the rental and other controversies.

The motion says politicians who claim money for a temporary home can't use any commercial service to rent it out as a vacation rental or for short-term accommodation.

United Conservative Party interim Leader Nathan Cooper says he is satisfied with the change, and doesn't believe the scandal will dog the party. …

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