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News at the Top – An Apology and a Mystery
We reported that Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna had billed taxpayers for photographs posted to her Instagram account, but it turns out her staffer took the pictures, so we owe the minister an apology.
But… We have documents showing Global Affairs Canada spent thousands on photos of the minister at the United Nations. We’re looking into that mystery.
Link: The spending can be viewed on page 92 of this document.
Deep Dive - O’Toole’s Promises to Taxpayers 4:03
Erin O’Toole is the new Conservative Party leader. We break down his promises to taxpayers, including one he can deliver immediately.
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Waste Watch - Governor General’s Costs Skyrocket 15:18
Recent news reports out of Ottawa have detailed massive waste under the current Governor General. However, this isn’t the first time the role has come into question for wasteful spending.
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News at the Top – Trudeau’s WE Troubles Continue Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s WE Charity scandal is continuing to spiral, with Trudeau himself appearing before the powerful committee looking into the affair. We have the latest on the saga. Ask the auditor general to investigate WE contracts by clicking this LINK. Link: https://globalnews.ca/news/7242647/trudeau-we-charity/ Deep Dive – Harrington Lake Renovation Costs Soar 8:20 In an exclusive story to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, the latest number for the rapidly rising cost of renovations at the prime minister’s Gatineau cottage have been revealed. Link: https://www.taxpayer.com/newsroom/prime-minister%E2%80%99s-cottage-renos-cost-more-than-disclosed-to-parliament?id=18533 Waste Watch – Quebec Invests in Flying Whales? 18:04 Quebec’s provincial government is now the part owner of a business venture focused on … zeppelins. Our Quebec director Renaud Brossard explains. Link: https://www.skiesmag.com/news/quebec-defends-30-million-flying-whales-investment/ 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. ...
#4 VICTORY – 18% Mask Tariffs Dropped, Two Thirds of Canadians Want MPs to Cut Their Pay, Trudeau’s Gun Ban and Buyback, Corrupt Mayor Makes Off Like Bandit, and Former MP Michelle Simson Interview about MP Pay and Transparency News at the Top – VICTORY – 18% Mask Tariffs Dropped And MPs Need to Cut Their Pay The Canadian Taxpayers Federation scores a big victory by pushing the federal government to drop the 18 per cent import tariff on medical masks and other personal protective equipment to fight COVID-19. We also talk about a national survey showing two thirds of Canadians want MPs to take pay cuts. Todd MacKay and Kris Sims Link: 18% Mask Tariff Dropped Link: Two Thirds of Canadians Want MP Salaries Cut Deep Dive – Trudeau Gun Ban and Buyback 4:38 The Trudeau government moves to ban and buy back thousands of guns. It will cost taxpayers hundreds of millions, but will it make Canada safer? Todd MacKay and Aaron Wudrick Petition: Scrap the Gun Ban and Buyback Waste Watch – Former Montreal Mayor Makes Off Like a Bandit 18:45 Former Montreal mayor Michael Applebaum got kicked out of office after being convicted on fraud charges, but he’s taking a lot of taxpayers’ money with him. Kris Sims and Renaud Brossard Link: Teddy Waste Award Ceremony Petition: No Pensions for Corrupt Politicians Interview – Former MP Talks Pay Cuts Salary Cuts 23:15 Former Liberal MP Michelle Simson told her colleagues to take pay cuts. She also told them to post their expenses. She takes us into the political back rooms to tell us what happened. Petition: MPs Need To Cut Their Own Pay Like this show? Subscribe and give us 5-stars! This podcast ...
News at the Top – MPs Stop Taking Our Lunch Money In a truly rare event, MPs in Ottawa recently decided to stop making taxpayers foot the bill for their committee lunches. Federal Director Aaron Wudrick and B.C. Director Kris Sims discuss the surprising move. Link: https://www.blacklocks.ca/mps-cheat-on-meal-tickets/ Deep Dive – Messy Military Purchases Cost Billions Our Quebec Director Renaud Brossard speaks with Aaron about how Canada’s failed attempts at buying fighter jets, naval ships and pistols have cost taxpayers billions of dollars. Links: https://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/defence-watch/project-to-buy-new-pistols-for-canadian-forces-is-once-again-underway https://globalnews.ca/news/6600416/canada-fighter-jet-competition/ Waste Watch – Millions Thrown Away on Failed Security Seat Campaign Newly-released government documents show how cabinet spent $2.4 million in its four-year campaign for a seat on the United Nations Security Council, which is nearly $23,000 for every vote Canada received in its failed bid. Alberta Director Franco Terrazano and Ontario Director Jasmine Moulton talk about the debacle. Link: ...