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Hundreds of Alberta government taxi, hotel, food receipts released online

The Alberta government has released hundreds of pages of photocopied taxi chits, food bills, hotel charges and parking receipts for all its cabinet ministers.

Don Scott, minister in charge of accountability, says the move fulfils a promise made by Premier Alison Redford to deliver more information on government spending.

The expenses date back from May to August of this year.

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The Canadian Taxpayers Federation, a longtime critic of government spending and accountability, says release of the receipts sets a high bar that other provinces should follow.

But the federation also says it's disappointed that the expenses don't include any from before the last election.

It says Albertans have a right to see how politicians spent their money and the past shouldn't be covered up.

Further expense updates are to be made available online by the province every two months.

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