CTF calls for local recall rules in wake of Calgary councillor expense scandal
CALGARY, AB: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is calling for the power of recall to be made available at city halls across Alberta in the wake of Calgary Coun. Joe Magliocca’s expense scandal.
“Citizens should be able to hold councillors accountable when they waste tax dollars and blow our money on things like fancy steak dinners and martinis,” said Franco Terrazzano, Alberta Director for the CTF. “Recall rules would give the people the ability to hold councillors accountable. Some councillors clearly need a reminder that they work for taxpayers and not the other way around.”
As reported by Postmedia, Coun. Magliocca racked up two to three times as much in travel expenses as his other council colleagues did on the 2019 trip to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities meeting in Quebec City. Magliocca expensed at least $1,800 in hosting costs, which included steak dinners and a $331 bar tab at the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. Eight of the ten politicians from other cities listed on Magliocca’s expense forms say they never dined with the Calgary councillor.
In its 2019 election platform, the United Conservative Party promised to implement recall legislation, which would give Albertans the ability to force a by-election and remove misbehaving MLAs. The Alberta government is currently holding online consultations on election rules for municipalities and school boards and the recall of municipally elected officials is one of the issues it is asking feedback for.
“Premier Kenney already promised recall rules at the provincial level, so it only makes sense that municipal politicians are held to the same standard as MLAs,” said Terrazzano. “When the rest of us refuse to listen to our bosses and stink at our jobs, we get canned. Recall rules will make sure local politicians are held to the same standard.”