Dis­hon­ourable win­ners of govern­ment waste awards

Ottawa Sun - - COMMENT -

It couldn’t have gone any other way. There was re­ally only one con­tender to win the fed­eral Teddy Award for worst govern­ment waste. The Par­lia­ment Hill rink!

It’s one thing to waste mil­lions on some feel good govern­ment project. Much to our frus­tra­tion, these ex­penses hap­pen all of the time. But it’s an­other to spend mil­lions on some­thing that ev­ery­day Cana­di­ans quite ca­pa­bly put to­gether in their own back­yards every year for next to noth­ing.

The Cana­dian Tax­pay­ers Fed­er­a­tion, which gives out the Teddy Awards an­nu­ally, nailed it dol­ing out their top award of shame to such an ab­surd ex­pense.

The rink was slated to cost $5.6 mil­lion, which was right­fully seen as a ridicu­lously high ex­pense. But, ac­cord­ing to the CTF, the fi­nal costs bring it up to $8.2 mil­lion. Keep in mind, this rink is tem­po­rary, set up as one of the last Canada 150 cel­e­bra­tions. It’ll be gone by the end of the win­ter.

“In­cred­i­bly, it was built just one block away from the Rideau Canal, which is widely known as Canada’s most fa­mous out­door skat­ing rink,” reads the CTF re­lease.

The run­ners up for fed­eral fis­cal fail­ures were all monies spent on com­mu­ni­ca­tions and op­tics. Fi­nance Canada gets a nod for their $192,000 spent on graph­ics and ad­ver­tis­ing for the bud­get. It’s not enough they have to spend too much of our money in the bud­get, but they also per­sist in spend­ing too much of our money mak­ing the doc­u­ment that tells us how much of our money they’re wast­ing. It’s enough to make your head spin!

Mean­while, Health Canada gets a shout out for shelling out $100,000 of hard­work­ing tax­pay­ers’ money to op­er­ate the min­is­ter of health’s Twit­ter ac­count, which has few fol­low­ers and of­fers up even fewer posts.

It’s no sur­prise that the feds are wast­ing money on mes­sag­ing. The Trudeau era is all about spin over sub­stance. We’d take a bal­anced bud­get over these silly spend­ing projects any day!

The CTF also took a look at provin­cial and mu­nic­i­pal sna­fus, such as the $20,000 spent by SaskPower to main­tain a fish pond at their Regina head­quar­ters.

An­other year, an­other re­minder that there are no short­age of nom­i­nees for this du­bi­ous dis­tinc­tion.

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