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Police in Alberta have been asked to look into the spending habits of former premier Alison Redford, who resigned under pressure a few months ago.

Last week, the province’s auditor general released a damning report into Redford’s abuse of taxpayers’ money and asked the RCMP to see if there was reason to proceed with legal action.

This episode of a politician getting into trouble brings back memories of our own scandal involving politicians who thought they could spend taxpayers’ money any way the wanted without fearing consequences.

Politicians from all parties in this province were forced to pay back misspent funds and some of them with the most egregious cases went to jail.

The same happened later in Nova Scotia and more recently several senators were embroiled in the same kind of trouble.

It’s amazing that some Canadians are taken aback when these kinds of misdeeds by politicians come to light.

The root of the problem is that politicians are in charge of controlling their activities.

Much of the time, the so-called controls are carried on behind closed doors.

That has changed in this province but it continues in some jurisdictions where politicians don’t want voters to know their business, even though they are spending voters’ hard-earned money.

This latest Redford case may force greater transparency, but we doubt it.

Politicians are quick to promise to look after out affairs when they are looking for out votes at election time, but it doesn’t take long for them to develop and sense of entitlement.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Alberta, Nova Scotia

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