Canadian Taxpayers Federation hands out Teddy awards for government waste

Most Canadians pull out their garden hose to make an ice rink.

Not the federal government. When Ottawa spent $8.2 million this winter for a skating rink on Parliament Hill for Canada 150 celebrations, Heritage Canada won a 2018 Canadian Taxpayers Federation Teddy Award.

The Teddy is a pig shaped award given annually by the CTF to government’s worst waste offenders.

“We narrow it down to a handful of the most ridiculous stories,” said Aaron Wudrick, federal director of the CTF.

When Canadian Heritage built the multi-million dollar rink — adjacent to the world-famous Rideau Canal outdoor skating rink — it cost of about $100,000 a day.

“Any temporary rink costing millions of dollars is a project that should have been put on ice from the get-go,” Wudrick said.

Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government was named the Teddy winner provincially for Ontario’s Fair Hydro plan.

The CTF says the Liberal plan to reduce hydro bills will end up costing tens of billions because of the borrowed money that will be needed to keep rates flat until 2021.

Then the province will have to pay the piper in interest costs.

“Even for a government with a long track record of waste, this cynical act of kicking the can down the road is truly breathtaking,” Wudrick said.

Ontario was also a nominee in the provincial category for having the most expensive counterfeit rubber duck.

As part of Canada 150 celebrations, the province spent $200,000 on a huge rubber duck — not a mallard or other native species — to float around Lake Ontario by Sugar Beach.

The duck — which was rented by a company in the U.S. — turned out to be an “illegal counterfeit” from a Dutch company.

The Dutch company said the U.S. rental costs of the fake were “exorbitant” and that they would have made the original available for Ontario’s Canada 150 had they been asked.

The City of Toronto was a nominee for a piggy statue in the municipal category in a stairway to bureaucracy story which was revealed by the Toronto Sun.

An Etobicoke resident asked the city to install stairs on a steep slope in a park where several people had been injured.

The city said the costs would be $150,000, but the resident took it upon himself to build the wooden stairs for a cost of $550.

The municipality deemed the stairs unsafe and replaced them with concrete and under the microscope managed to keep the costs to $10,000.

Source:: Toronto Sun – Movies