Friday, March 03, 2006

CTF 8th Annual Teddies



Our good friends at the Canadian Taxpayers Federation recently held their annual Teddy Awards, which are given to "a government, public office holder, civil servant, department or agency that most exemplifies government waste, overspending, over-taxation, excessive regulation, lack of accountability, or any combination of the five."

The Teddies are named for Ted Weatherill, a former senior public servant, who was terminated in 1999 for “expenses incurred by him … incompatible with his position as Chairman of the Canada Labour Relations Board,” according to the Office of the Minister of Labour.

Here are a few category winners.

Provincial Award Winner:

Goes to the Manitoba government for their taxpayer-funded tummy-tucks. Regrettably for taxpayers, as many Manitobans languish on wait lists for a variety of medically necessary procedures, the government sees nothing wrong with trimming tummies at public expense.

Municipal Award Winner:

Goes goes to the City of Richmond. “If they handed out medals for wasting tax dollars, Richmond’s city council would sweep the podium.”

Lifetime Achievement Teddy — David Dingwall:

The Academy of Taxers and Spenders is pleased to present its Lifetime Achievement Teddy to David Dingwall. Mr. Dingwall has relied on a steady dose of tax dollars for most of his career. His constituents elected him three more times but finally sent him packing in 1997. “But that only whet his appetite for taxpayers’ money even more,” .

Records show that in 2004, Mr. Dingwall and his top associates racked up $846,464 in expenses for wining and dining, traveling the globe, limousines rides, and country club memberships. Some of the gems included:

$133,037 in foreign and domestic travel
$14,487 in foreign and domestic dining (which included a Mint-staff dinner at a swanky Ottawa restaurant that cost $5,693)
$5,297 for golf membership fees
$5,998 for leased vehicles (including limousine services) despite having a car available for use from the Royal Canadian Mint

The whole article is definitely worth checking out as many of the nominees are worthy of the title as well... including our own Mayor - Dave Bronconnier.

8 Comments:

At Fri Mar 03, 03:14:00 PM MST, Blogger Luther said...

BTW: gott see this - it is bad -

Vehicles Restricted in Baghdad Amid Iraqi Violence

 
At Sat Mar 04, 10:14:00 AM MST, Blogger W.L. Mackenzie Redux said...

seeing the tax waste awards going to city politicians is not surprising....it has been a 20 years plan by the liberal party to control the city coincils of the major cities...ask Bronco...he's ano unique in being a liberal networked city politician.

 
At Sat Mar 04, 10:45:00 AM MST, Blogger Canadian Sentinel said...

I would concur with that, Wil... my own local council/mayoralty since the Libranos came to power has behaved as if part of the cabal.

BTW, Aiz, I think those are actually piggies, not teddies. Shouldn't they call them piggies? Hard to think of a corrupt politico as a stuffed bearoid toy or a sexy female undergarment...

 
At Sat Mar 04, 12:57:00 PM MST, Blogger ABFreedom said...

Bet ya they had a tough time with this given all the LIEberals runnig cities currently. It probably was a virtual piggy .... uh Teddie fest.

 
At Sat Mar 04, 03:12:00 PM MST, Blogger Canadian Sentinel said...

Aiz, you're now on top in my blognet links list. And the logo is there, too! Guess it's about time I got around to it! Perhaps it'll bring in some more curious readers...

And, speaking of Libranos, I've got a brand-new Librano-bashing post just up...

 
At Mon Mar 06, 11:35:00 AM MST, Blogger Aizlynne said...

Well I got the photo right from the CTF site, so you'll have to ask them about the piggies vs. teddies thing Stevie...

 
At Mon Mar 06, 12:49:00 PM MST, Blogger W.L. Mackenzie Redux said...

Sentinal:

the Teddies are named after Ted Weatherill a former senior public servant who was terminated in 1998 for "expenses incurred by him ... incompatible with his position as Chairman of the Canada Labour Relations Board."

Ted's most famous expense was a $733.43 lunch for two in Paris!

He became the poster boy for blatent federal civil servant waste.

 
At Mon Mar 06, 05:29:00 PM MST, Blogger Canadian Sentinel said...

Ah, yes! Now I remember! So long ago, though, I had almost forgotten! He was the old dude with the fuzzy white beard, wasn't he?

Besides, he's rather eclipsed by the flamboyant international skipping-arounds of Pierre and Bruno, the "happy" boys, y'know... and that dude, Lafleur, was it, in Costa Rica with his houseboy, blowing a cool fifteen mil of our paycheck take...

And by the Libranos riding in limos all the time... perhaps to meet with Mr. Big and Freddie the Fart...

Teddies, piggies, whatever... same thing, I guess... a Librano's a Librano...

And didya all see the post I did the other day re the testimony of the $300,000 offer by a Liberal backroom boy to ice PMPM? This is quite juicy... picks up from Breault's testimony of the big guy picking his nose for him... plenty of juice in that one post...

http://thecanadiansentinel.blogspot.com/2006/03/liberals-tamils-drugs-weapons-300000.html

I think we'll have more stuff to say about the Libs... been a while... the comments have been quite slow, though my daily visits have doubled since I exposed the Combermere JuF camp and I'm getting links and trackbacks like never before. I mostly have our American friends to thank for that.

There's a huge appetite out there for coverage of terrorism and the gathering Axis threat. I'm always waiting for something to to come up to wave over the moonies' heads and ask them if they still think the world's just like Teletubbyland? With the grassy meadows, the laughing baby in the sky, the bunnies, the Tubby Toast, the Tubby Custard... Tinky Winky's purse, errr... heh-heh... but I haven't watched the show in a couple of years now... too moonbatty!

Don't start worrying... I'm just being silly on purpose again!

 

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