Tax­pay­ers Fed­er­a­tion re­leases fed­eral naughty and nice list

The Southwest Booster - - OPINION -

The Cana­dian Tax­pay­ers Fed­er­a­tion (CTF) has re­leased its 2018 fed­eral naughty and nice list, high­light­ing the peo­ple and in­sti­tu­tions in Ot­tawa who have ei­ther been cost­ing – or sav­ing – tax­pay­ers money.

The Tax­pay­ers’ Naughty List:

The Canada Rev­enue Agency - From be­ing un­able to even ap­ply its own rules con­sis­tently, to forc­ing tax­pay­ers to pay for the agency’s own mis­takes, the tax­man gets a big “bah hum­bug!” and in­clu­sion on this years’ tax­pay­ers naughty list.

En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Cather­ine Mckenna - For her re­lent­less in­sis­tence in try­ing to make life more ex­pen­sive for mil­lions of Cana­di­ans by im­pos­ing a car­bon tax on prov­inces that don’t want one (in be­tween jet­ting around both the coun­try and world) Min­is­ter Mckenna earns a large lump of non-re­new­able, com­bustible sed­i­men­tary rock for her Christ­mas stock­ing.

Fi­nance Min­is­ter Bill Morneau - Min­is­ter Morneau’s fail­ure to ho-ho-hold the line on spend­ing meant a third con­sec­u­tive deficit and still no plan or time­line what­so­ever to re­turn the bud­get to bal­ance as ex­plic­itly promised. There’s clearly no need to check the list twice: sad­dling Cana­dian tax­pay­ers with an ad­di­tional $76 bil­lion in debt by 2020 is a guar­an­teed way to land the min­is­ter on the naughty list.

Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau - The tax­payer buck stops (or rather, doesn’t stop) at the top, and the PM sim­ply hasn’t shown much in­ter­est in look­ing out for Cana­dian tax­pay­ers – from car­bon taxes to bud­get deficits, or from a dis­as­trous trip to In­dia to fail­ing to stop pay­ing for ou­tra­geous spend­ing by for­mer gover­nors general. He’ll need to show vast im­prove­ment (es­pe­cially be­fore Oc­to­ber) to have any shot of get­ting onto the nice list next year.

The Tax­pay­ers’ Nice List:

The Of­fice of the Au­di­tor General of Canada - An­other year of fine work done by this im­por­tant in­de­pen­dent in­sti­tu­tion, in­clud­ing a re­port on the ex­pen­sive fi­asco of the Phoenix pay sys­tem and an ex­am­i­na­tion of the Canada Rev­enue Agency’s fail­ure to prop­erly ap­ply tax rules when re­view­ing tax­payer files.

The Par­lia­men­tary Bud­get Of­fice - An­other crit­i­cal in­de­pen­dent of­fi­cer of Par­lia­ment, the PBO has pro­duced many im­por­tant re­ports, in­clud­ing the cost of in­creased refugee ar­rivals and the po­ten­tial cost of mak­ing em­ployer health ben­e­fits tax­able. The PBO’S good work helps pro­vide Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment and Cana­di­ans gen­er­ally with im­por­tant information to help hold the govern­ment to ac­count.

The Global Af­fairs Canada whistle­blower An in­di­vid­ual work­ing in­side Global Af­fairs Canada pro­vided im­por­tant information that al­lowed the CTF to use ac­cess to information laws to un­cover waste­ful ex­pen­di­tures in­clud­ing $24,000 on 86 seat cush­ions at the Mex­ico City em­bassy and $127,000 on crys­tal glass­ware. We salute this con­sci­en­tious govern­ment em­ployee for their con­cern and will­ing­ness to act on the abuse of tax­payer dol­lars!

Thrifty MPS - At least 12 MPS – in­clud­ing Lib­er­als Shaun Chen, David Mcguinty, Robert Mor­ris­sey, John Oliver and Churence Roger, Con­ser­va­tives Tom Luki­wski, Scott Reid and Len Web­ber, and New Democrats David Christo­pher­son and Alis­tair Mac­gre­gor – claimed $0 in of­fice hos­pi­tal­ity costs for the first six months of fis­cal 201819, un­der­scor­ing that care­ful use of tax­payer dol­lars truly can cut across party lines.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.