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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Blogging For Taxpayers

Let's give this initiative by David MacLean at the Taxpayers Federation a push.

Our challenge: Go through the mountains of travel, booze and meal expenses charged to taxpayers by hundreds of politicians and mandarins that are listed here.

Find the waste, look for conflicts, identify questionable expenditures. Take a moment to jot down your thought and email them to me. All of the worthwhile submissions will be posted here. The best submission, as determined by FFT contributors, will receive a copy of Tax Me I'm Canadian! and a free subscription to the Taxpayer magazine.

Details are here.

Posted by Kate McMillan on September 27, 2005 | Permalink


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Sounds like a good idea, I'll certainly be checking all of that out.

Posted by: Shameer Ravji | 2005-09-27 12:19:54 AM

Out with the Old/In with the New GG>>> yawn


Governor General of Canada / Gouverneur général du Canada

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Posted by: maz2 | 2005-09-27 6:09:48 AM

"the basement ballroom" Ballroom? In the basement?

Ballroom in the basement for 600?????????

"Decline in fiscal prudence"/ The words are nicy, nicey for Librano$ Hogs At The Trough, aka Librano$$$$$$ Hog$$$$$$$.

Calming down now! Calm as she goes!!!>> please be NICE and PAY for this, Canadian SUCKERS$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ ( no apology for yelling in PRINT)!!!>>>> Did anyone see this in mailine MSM??????>>>

chris wattie/reuters

Outgoing Gov. Gen. Adrienne Clarkson and Prime Minister Paul Martin share a laugh during a farewell ceremony on Parliament Hill in Ottawa yesterday.

The Prime Minister's Office has insisted that incoming governor general Michaëlle Jean nix plans to hold an intimate affair at Rideau Hall tonight following her installation, and instead is throwing a giant dinner party, a Rideau Hall source said.

The dinner will be in the basement ballroom of Lansdowne Park, Ottawa's football stadium.

"Everyone, including Michaëlle Jean, thinks it's ridiculous," the source said. "She has, and we have now, quietly resigned ourselves to the fact that the PMO wants to make what they think is a big deal out of this dinner."

When Adrienne Clarkson was installed as governor general, she hosted her own dinner at Rideau Hall for 100 or so friends, family and others she wanted involved in her mandate.

That was Jean's plan until the PMO informed Rideau Hall about its dinner, with PMO officials saying they had already signed contracts to rent the venue, the source said.

"We suggested that perhaps they modify the contract and turn the dinner into a reception ... and then (Jean) and the Prime Minister could come back with a smaller group of 100 or 200 people and have what would be a nice dinner and not rubber chicken with some over-boiled vegetable and God knows what for dinner ... ," the source said. "We were told no."

The PMO said roughly 600 guests will be at tonight's affair>>>>>>> 600 votes for Librano$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$>>> more

Posted by: maz2 | 2005-09-27 7:55:45 AM

Personally, I think the ferreting of expensive meal items out of politicians' spending accounts is a waste of time. The money adds up to nothing. Such nit-picking only takes attention away from important policy issues where the real waste and profligacy and corruption takes place. Seriously, when was the last time you heard someone complain about what George Bush had for dinner? If we expect politicians to do a job running the country, the last thing we want is for them to be worried about how much their restaurant bill is. Not that the ass clowns running the country right now deserve anything better than Taco Bell (no offense to Taco Bell), but I just don't think it's worth worrying about what their personal expense accounts look like.

Posted by: Raging Ranter | 2005-09-27 7:29:11 PM

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