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OTTAWA, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) today held its 20th annual Teddy Waste Awards ceremony, celebrating the best of the worst in government waste from the past year. CTF Federal Director Aaron Wudrick served as host, joined by the CTF’s pig mascot Porky the Waster Hater and talented event hostess Jessica. The awards event took place on Parliament Hill in the Charles Lynch Press Theatre.
The Teddy, the pig-shaped award given annually by the CTF to government’s worst waste offenders, is named for Ted Weatherill, a former federal appointee who was fired in 1999 for submitting a panoply of dubious expense claims, including a $700 lunch for two.
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“Every year, the competition is stiff, but we narrow it down to a handful of the most ridiculous stories,” said Wudrick. “Sadly, we are never short on nominees, as governments seem to be very good at finding new ways to waste money.”
As part of the celebrations commemorating Canada’s 150th birthday, the Department of Canadian Heritage built a temporary outdoor skating rink on Parliament Hill at a cost of $8.2 million – or approximately $100,000 per day and $53 per skater. Incredibly, it was built just one block away from the Rideau Canal, which is widely known as Canada’s most famous outdoor skating rink.
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“Any temporary rink costing millions of dollars is a project that should have been put on ice from the get-go,” said Wudrick.
“Even for a government with a long track record of waste, this cynical act of kicking the can down the road is truly breathtaking,” noted Wudrick.
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