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14th Annual “Teddy” Government Waste Awards Winners

March 07, 2012
14th Annual “Teddy” Government Waste Awards Winners

Federal Tobacco Farmer Payoff, Alberta Legislature Committee that Never Meets, City of Montreal’s Imaginary Snow Plows are this year’s winners.

Defeated Bloc Québecois leader Gilles Duceppe takes Lifetime Achievement honours

TEDDIES BACKGROUNDER

OTTAWA, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) today held its 14th annual Teddy Waste Awards ceremony, giving well-deserved recognition to the worst of the worst in government waste. CTF federal director Gregory Thomas hosted for the first time as Master of Ceremonies today at the black tie news conference on Parliament Hill. The CTF’s pig mascot Porky the Waste Hater joined lovely and charming guest hostess Catherine handing out the coveted golden sows.

The CTF’s signature waste award, the Teddy, is named after Ted Weatherill, a former federal government employee who was dismissed in 1999 for his outrageous expenses. Each year the CTF hosts the Teddy awards to recognize the governments, public office holders, government employees, departments or agencies that most exemplify runaway government waste.

“Taxpayers can cry, we can shout and we can stamp our feet when we hear some of these outrageous stories,” said Thomas. “And we can laugh. Some government waste is so ridiculous, it deserves to be ridiculed. The Teddy ceremony is the highlight of awards season for many Canadians.”

Federal Teddy Winner: Agriculture Canada Tobacco Transition Program: $284 million

“And the Federal Teddy goes to Agriculture Canada`s expensive tobacco boondoggle, said Thomas. “A program set up to pay farmers to get out of the tobacco business that ended up doubling the number of tobacco farmers.

Links:

http://www.agr.gc.ca/cb/index_e.php?s1=n&s2=2009&page=n90105

http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/parl_oag_201111_03_e_35935.html#hd4d

http://www.betterfarming.com/online-news/audit-takes-aim-tobacco-buyout-4672

Provincial Teddy Winner: Alberta MLA’s “best committee ever”

“And the Provincial Teddy goes to…21 Alberta MLAs. These greedy politicians get $1,000 per month to serve on a committee that hasn’t held a meeting since 2008,” said Thomas.

Links:

/media/Reversing-the-Kowalski-Legacy.pdf

http://www.assembly.ab.ca/committees/privilegeselections/index.html

Municipal Teddy Winner: Montreal’s invisible snow snowplows

“And the Municipal Teddy winner is…the City of Montreal and its fleet of imaginary snow snowplows,” said Thomas. “Motorists and pedestrians need speedy snow removal service after the snow falls, not before.”

Links:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWzbEn-aXMQ

http://m.en.canoe.ca/news/CNEWS/Canada/2011/12/21/19154601.html

http://maisonneuve.org/pressroom/article/2011/dec/9/maisonneuve-exposes-rampant-bid-rigging-montreals-/

Lifetime Achievement Teddy: Gilles Duceppe

“Mr. Duceppe lost his seat in Parliament,” said Thomas. “But he’s still collecting $140,765 every year for life from Canadian taxpayers, the gift of a grateful nation for a lifetime of devoted service to trying to break it up. That’s after his Bloc collected $23.5 million from taxpayers and his put the party’s executive director on the Parliamentary payroll.”

Links:

/media/CTFMP-PensionReport-WEB.pdf

http://www.livresquebecois.com/livre.asp?id=isdisdyabobfpesa&/0/le-bloc-quebecois-20-ans-au-nom-du-quebec/marie-france-charbonneau

Other nominees included:

Federal - Department of National Defence: $2 billion since 1998 for four used submarines still not in service.

Links:

http://www.lookoutnewspaper.com/top-stories.php?id=596

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/10/27/submarines-british-nuclear.html

Federal - Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency: $190,000 to subside donuts made with pure lard in the province with the highest obesity rate in Canada.

Links:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/story/2012/02/23/nb-health-council-report-obesity.html

http://www.acoa-apeca.gc.ca/eng/Agency/mediaroom/NewsReleases/Pages/3294.aspx

Federal - National Capital Commission: $5.2 million for seven portable skate shacks on the Rideau Canal that sit unused 337 days a year.

Links:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/story/2012/02/24/ottawa-rideau-canal-closed.html

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/story/2011/11/13/ott-rideau-canal-chalets.html

Provincial - Yukon: Supreme Court Justice Vital Ouellette: $15 million order to build a school for 41 French-speaking students in Whitehorse.

Links:

http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/07/28/court-orders-yukon-to-build-15m-school-for-41-francophone-students/

Provincial - British Columba: BC Hydro for paying $42.3 million in performance bonuses to 99 per cent of its employees.

Link:

http://www.bcauditor.com/pubs/2011/report8/bc-hydro-audit-rate-regulated-accounting

Provincial - Ontario: ORNGE Air Ambulance Service: $25 million unaccounted for and a police investigation unfolding.

Links:

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1136628--25m-in-ornge-money-unaccounted-for

http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1126222--ornge-paid-lawyers-11-million?bn=1

Municipal - City of Winnipeg, Manitoba: a $5,000 grant to notify citizens in winter if it is slippery outside.

Links:

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/City-to-launch-daily-walking-condition-bulletin-139459138.html

Municipal - City of Calgary, Alberta: $25 million and counting for the 15-month overdue pedestrian Peace Bridge that doubles as a public art display.

Links:

http://www.calgaryherald.com/entertainment/Architect+denies+culpability+Peace+Bridge+woes/6195884/story.html

Municipal - City of St. Albert, Alberta: $280,000 to buy a Starbucks, to compete with taxpaying St. Albert small businesses.

Links:

http://www.stalbertgazette.com/article/20110713/SAG0801/307139983/0/sag

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For further information please contact CTF federal director Gregory Thomas at 613-234-6554 (office) or (613) 205-8409 (mobile)

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on March 07, 2012

Every time I watch that invisible snow snow plow video, I laugh--and then the taxpayer in me dies a little more.

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on March 07, 2012
Duceppe was elected during 19 years stupid bastards...

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on March 07, 2012
I remember years ago that some public employees had office budgets of x amount of money per year. The thinking then was, if they didn't spend the entire budget in a year it would be lowered the next year. My father in law (the professor) would burn off his excess office budget buy taking a trip or buying a new computer for his home office... Does this kind of waste still go on or has someone killed the loon? Your pal, Paul

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on March 07, 2012
Brilliant keep up the good work

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on March 07, 2012
I suppose it's a small price to pay for living in such a great country - and human nature being what it is, these displays of shameful waste of taxpayers' hard earned money isn't going away anytime soon - but keep the cards and letters coming, guys, you make a difference. And at least it was the year we said adios to GR.

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on March 08, 2012
February 2012 Federal Poll Averages http://www.threehundredeight.blogspot.com/2012/03/february-2012-federal-poll-averages.html In an election held in February, The Bloc Québécois wins 25 seats, up 15!!! Oh my ghosh! The BLOC Québécois are coming back!!!! ;)))) And Why???? 23 bonnes raisons... et tellement d'autres encore ! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iL7ac3VJ6Bs La conclusion à 3 min est superbe!!!

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on March 09, 2012
Do you have an American version? Homeland Security would an interesting subject.

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on March 10, 2012
Why not register as a political party? Lord knows we need a break from the pay for votes parties we currently have. I would run for you as I am sure many others would. Thoughts?

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on March 15, 2012
The elected members of Parliament are looking out for themselves more than they are the citizens of Canada. The gold plated pension plan should have been overhauled many years ago, and will eventually bankrupt the country. The other issue is the Senators. Harper was really big on eliminating the senate before he was elected, but now he has padded the Senate with conservatives, all of whom are very well paid. The committees that are being paid and not meeting, should be abolished, no questions asked. Harper wants the unionized workers to be more fiscally responsible, try starting by showing that the government is fiscally responsible and quit wasting the raxpayers money!!!He should not be involved in the negotiation process, stay out of it!

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on March 15, 2012
Is it possible to publish ALL of the Teddy submissions whether they won or not? I'd love to be able to send a copy of the ones appropriate to my municipality to our local newspapers just to show that the bureaucrats they are under the microscope. only1taxpayer

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on March 15, 2012
I am a francophone from Quebec and I am not a sovereignist. Frankly, I find offending that you are giving such an award to Gilles Duceppe as he as the same right to a pension as any other MPs in the House of commons. Such comments sometimes make me wonder if I shouldn't change my opinion on federalism. I tell my children that you need to respect people if you want to earn their respect in return. Unfortunately, by making such statements, you are ruining the credibility of your own organization. Sincerely

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on March 15, 2012
Best thing to do ...take your hard earned RRSP and leave the country, never ever coming back....pay the minimal tax for withdrawing it and say goodbye.

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on March 17, 2012
Well is it not true? He fought so hard for something that would separate and ruin this country... yet he's getting paid for life for being hateful? I don't see how this strips the credibility of this organization for pointing something out that is quite obviously ridiculous

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on March 20, 2012
So if Duceppe were to win his battle would he loose his pension? Pension benefits must not depend on the party of the MP, if they are too high for Duceppe they are too high for all members of Parliament.

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on March 25, 2012
Fraud is fraud. Where else can you collect a pay cheque for work not done and not be legally charged or dismissed…… Disgusting how politicians come with no consciences.

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on May 19, 2012
The info gets out there, not loud, not large, but if a person pokes a bit they can come across this, thanks by the way, my wondering is "What can be done about it?" Some of this appears to be criminal, and if not criminal then civilly ... wrong. It looks like the legal courts can't or won't do anything about this, is there no way to go after "them" civilly to collect back miss-spent or miss-appropriated funds? No a public inquiry will only spend millions more and get nothing substantial done, follow the money, go after the money and the power will follow. Take back what is ours. Sorry I had a white hat moment where I thought good could come to those who deserve. I'd settle for a grey hat moment where money doesn't go to those who don't deserve. We are left with a Black, Blue and green hat situation where we are beaten black and blue and our green is taken.

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