You get inflation, central bankers get bonuses
The Bank of Canada gave its employees $45 million in bonuses and pay raises in 2020 and 2021 during the pandemic while inflation soared. The Bank of Canada is supposed to keep inflation around two per cent. If you’ve been to the grocery store in the past year you know they failed. So why did they give themselves bonuses?
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Nova Scotia’s premier takes a pay cut
Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston’s salary was cut by $11,246 while MLAs froze their salaries. Members of Parliament in Ottawa need to follow Houston’s lead and stop giving themselves pay raises.
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Charlottetown council billing taxpayers for boozy dinner
Charlottetown Mayor Philip Brown and fellow councillors expensed $1,800 on a boozy steak
dinner that included four bottles of wine, 11 beers, 20 ounces of liquor and three cocktails. We also caught councillors double dipping on their expenses.
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News at the Top – Alberta Rolling Out Recall Legislation After a wave of bad press for Alberta Premier Jason Kenney over travelling MLAs and government staff, recall legislation is back on the table. Alberta Director Franco Terrazano tells Todd MacKay about the proposition. Link: https://edmontonsun.com/opinion/columnists/guest-column-sun-soaked-vacations-show-why-albertans-need-recall-legislation SIGN THE PETITION: https://www.taxpayer.com/petitions/mla-recall-in-alberta Deep Dive – Magic Carbon Tax Math Franco stays on to speak with Ontario Director Jasmine Moulton, about a new report from the federal government that undermines the line Ottawa’s key carbon tax line: that it would put more money back in our pockets. Turns out, it wasn’t even close. Link: https://www.taxpayer.com/newsroom/carbon-tax-not-revenue-neutral-last-year?id= SIGN THE PETITION: https://www.taxpayer.com/petitions/scrap-the-federal-carbon-tax Waste Watch – Montreal Pays for Snow The average person would think Montreal gets more than enough snow without their local government blowing taxpayers money on snowmaking equipment. Yet that’s exactly what the city did over the holidays. Our Quebec Director Renaud Brossard breaks it down for Todd. Links: https://twitter.com/renaudbrossard/status/1344018875223068679?s=21 Like this show? Subscribe and give us 5-stars! This podcast is brought to you by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, Canada’s premier grassroots advocacy group pushing for lower taxes, less waste and accountable governments. Sign-up as a Canadian Taxpayers Federation supporter at no-charge TODAY: https://www.taxpayer.com/join. ...
#3 Runaway Cottage Renos, Lifting the Lockdown, and Thousands Spent on Flying Chefs The Canadian Taxpayers Federation’s compares the reno bill at the prime minister’s cottage to swanky celebrity hangouts. We take a look at plans to lift the lockdown. And we blast the federal foreign service for wasting taxpayers’ money to fly chefs around the world. News at the Top – Harrington Lake renovations cost more than Muskoka mansions The National Capital Commission is spending millions to renovate Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government-owned cottage known as Harrington Lake. How does that reno bill compare to luxury getaways owned by the rich and famous? Todd MacKay and Kris Sims Links: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/harrington-lake-renovations-ncc-1.5535502 https://torontolife.com/real-estate/cottages/cottage-week-3-8-million-renovated-retreat-lake-joseph/ https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/off-island-gazette/st-lazare-couple-buys-halle-berry-laurentian-getaway/ Deep Dive – COVID-19 Lockdowns Starting To Loosen Across Canada 5:15 While efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic are still ongoing, some premiers are starting to release their plans to re-open the economy, with movement coming as soon as early May. Todd MacKay and Jasmine Pickel Links: https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/reopening-canada-provinces-ontario-quebec-saskatchewan-alberta Waste Watch – Foreign Service Spending Millions on Diplomacy Slush Fund 21:40 Global Affairs has been wasting taxpayers’ money to pay for Canadian chefs to fly around the . It was so bad it won the federal Teddy award this year. Todd MacKay and Kris Sims Links: https://www.taxpayer.com/newsroom/canadian-taxpayers-federation-presents-22nd-annual-teddy-awards-for-government-waste Like this show? Subscribe and give us 5-stars! This podcast is brought to you by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, Canada’s premier grassroots advocacy group pushing for lower taxes, less waste and accountable governments. Sign-up as a Canadian Taxpayers Federation supporter at no-charge TODAY: https://www.taxpayer.com/join. ...
News at the Top – University Bailouts Ontario’s Laurentian University came out and said it was about to become insolvent. Now, the province is considering a bailout. And that’s not the only university with big bills. LINK: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/laurentian-no-bailout-1.6012245 Deep Dive – Internet Censorship Legislation The federal government’s Bill C-10 would impose new regulations on things we post online. And that could threaten Canadians’ right to hold governments accountable. LINK: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/charter-statement-bill-c10-1.6020833 SIGN the PETITION: https://www.taxpayer.com/petitions/stop-ottawa-from-censoring-online-government-accountability Waste Watch – Doug Ford Goes Hollywood North Ontario taxpayers will have the rare opportunity to see their provincial government waste half a million dollars of their money in just two hours, as Doug Ford gets set to hand over $500,000 to make a crime movie in North Bay. LINK: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1000031/ontario-supports-north-bay-area-businesses Like this show? Subscribe and give us 5-stars! This podcast is brought to you by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, Canada’s premier grassroots advocacy group pushing for lower taxes, less waste and accountable governments. Sign-up as a Canadian Taxpayers Federation supporter at no-charge TODAY: https://www.taxpayer.com/join. ...