Tuesday, February 20, 2007

2007 Teddy Awards are a Liberal sweep!

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) have handed out their 9th annual Teddy awards for pork-barreling politicians and government waste. The top "winners" are--surprise--Liberals at both the federal and provincial levels. Here are some of the violators:

  • Liberal Senator Colin Kenny takes home the "Best Comedic Performance by an Unelected Official" award for his lavish $138,000 overseas trip to Dubai where no work was performed. Also, Kenny lobbied for an increase in senator office budgets from $135,000 to $200,000 "to move up to match the House of Commons."
  • Liberal MP Jim Karygiannis wins the "Best Disappearing Act" for missing every one of the 32 House of Commons votes in the 39th Parliament.
  • Ontario Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty takes home the "Lifetime Achievement Award" for his stunning reversal on taxes with his "I won't raise you taxes, but I won't cut them either" tag line.
However, for the "Municipal" category, London was unfortunately overlooked for this award. Instead, it went to Edmonton for spending $30,000 on a yo-yo campaign. Another notable mention goes to Montreal for paying their road maintenance crews $22 an hour over a 90 hour period to fill just nine potholes.

Don't feel down London city council, you'll be getting your 15 minutes of shame with a Teddy award sooner or later. Your pork-barreling and mismanagement is bound to be spotted by the CTF and brought to light.

1 Comment:

Scott said...

While the City of Montreal was very deserving. The City of Edmonton actually won this year's Teddy.

They also recieved 2 of the 4 municipal nominations.

We're always looking for nominations, so if you have any you'd like to nominate from London for next year, send them to ataylor@taxpayer.com