British Columbia - In The News
B.C. has its first Auditor General for Local Government and the Canadian Taxpayers Federation's Jordan Bateman has a few suggestions for her to look into on day one.
TransLink bus drivers report more than 2 million fare evaders—costing taxpayers and honest fare riders millions of dollars.
CTF B.C. Director Jordan Bateman asks Port Coquitlam Mayor Greg Moore and Saanich Mayor Frank Leonard why cities aren't embracing the Province's net zero wage mandate with their unions.
The B.C. Government pays its liquor store clerks $28 an hour, nearly three times what a private store clerk makes. When government overpays for labour, it costs taxpayers. Canadian Taxpayers Federation B.C. Director Jordan Bateman went undercover to see if the service at the government liquor store was three times better than at the private store. Spoiler alert: it wasn't.
Vancouver Island taxpayers got some tough news as the Canadian Taxpayers Federation put up a billboard in Nanaimo in September, showing that MPs get $24 from taxpayers for every dollar they put into their pensions.
CTF B.C. Director Jordan Bateman has calculated that the swath of retiring MLAs will collect $13.67 million in pension payouts. This is way out of line with what the average British Columbian will retire with.
The provincial government's review of ICBC has shown a bloated payroll, hundreds of new manager jobs added, 23 vice presidents and other waste. CTF B.C. Director Jordan Bateman says its time to be aggressive in going after cost savings at the public insurance company.
The B.C. Government is spending $3 million on a sparsely-attended rock band tour and expensive swag to promote youth employment this summer. CTF B.C. Director Jordan Bateman thinks it's a waste.