And the Teddy award goes to ...
Most Canadians pull out their garden hose to make an ice rink.
Not the federal government. When Ottawa spent $8.2 million this winter for a skating rink on Parliament Hill for Canada 150 celebrations, Heritage Canada won a 2018 Canadian Taxpayers Federation Teddy Award.
The Teddy is a pig shaped award given annually by the CTF to government’s worst waste offenders.
“We narrow it down to a handful of the most ridiculous stories,” said Aaron Wudrick, federal director of the CTF.
Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government was named the Teddy winner provincially for Ontario’s Fair Hydro plan.
Ontario was also a nominee in the provincial category for having the most expensive counterfeit rubber duck. As part of Canada 150 events, the province spent $200,000 on a huge rubber duck — not a mallard or other native species — to float around Lake Ontario by Sugar Beach.