All posts tagged: Government waste

Canada: Watching your tax dollars fly away

Each year, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, honours the best of the worst of government spending in Canada, through its Teddy Awards that highlights the worst cases of government spending at a federal, provincial and municipal level.

Canada’s Prime Minister misplaces addresses

People are asking embarrassing questions about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s vaunted infrastructure program, such as where did the money go: According to Blacklock’s Reporter of the 53,000 companies, organizations and/or individuals who received federal tax dollars under the program, Canada’s Parliamentary Budget Office reported that nearly 20,000 did not have addresses or details describing the project. They all had bank accounts though. Addressing the missing information, Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux said: “It’s hard to be convinced. I have faith they do exist, but I don’t have proof that they exist.” According to reports, the total spending on the infrastructure program so far amounts to about $187 billion. If everything is proportional roughly $70 billion is MIA. READ: Audit of $187 billion worth of Liberal infrastructure spending finds 20,000 missing projects

Honouring the best of the worst of government waste

Each year, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation honours the worst examples of government spending at the three levels of government, federal, provincial, & municipal. My favourite this year was the Provincial award given to the Yukon, in Canada’s far north, who spent $139,000 planting gold in a creek and flying in social media to witness the event. “The “Gold Rush II” initiative was originally intended to be funded by private money, but a crowdfunding effort to raise $100,000 only ended up raising $4,500, which was used to buy 3.5 ounces of gold to put in a creek. The Yukon government then stepped in with taxpayer money to cover the rest of the plan to pay for three social media influencers and one reporter to document the sparsely-attended event.” Read more