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“This continues to be an issue for Calgary to manage. We look forward to seeing expenditure rules tightened to ensure taxpayer dollars are always protected.”

Magliocca inappropriately expensed at least $5,600 for hotel rooms, meals and “hosting costs” over the past two years, according to a forensic investigation of the Ward 2 councillor’s spending.

The report, released publicly on Wednesday, said expenses for flight upgrades could push that total to more than $15,000.

City council imposed four sanctions on Magliocca following a closed-door meeting, including that the matter be referred to Calgary police for “appropriate action.”

Magliocca has not commented publicly since the report was released.

Calgary councillor Joe Magliocca. Gavin Young/Postmedia

He is required to publicly apologize and receive training on relevant expense policies. He is banned from participating in business travel.

In the wake of the audit, council also sent the investigation’s results to Madu.

Despite the minister’s office indicating Madu can’t yet fire Magliocca, it appears the ball is in the province’s court.

“My understanding is they have the capacity,” said Mount Royal University political scientist Duane Bratt.

“The minister has that power, but the problem is members of the public immediately jump to that last step and they ignore the rest of the process.”

Under the province’s Municipal Government Act, Alberta’s municipal affairs minister can order an inspection or inquiry into the conduct of a municipal councillor.

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