My wife once told me that, if left to my own devices, I would spend money like a drunken sailor. I asked if she’d rather I spend it like a sober politician. That’s just a joke of course but when it comes to the federal government it’s really not funny. Look at the billions of our tax dollars spent to prop up Bombardier in Quebec all the way down to the latest “little” expenditure that made me see red.
I’m talking about the feds spending $212,000 on artwork for the cover of the 2017 Budget book in March. We’re told that under the Conservatives, the annual budget book cover cost about $600 because they used stock photos and plain covers. McCann Ad Agency was paid $212,000 by the Liberal government for “budget art themes”, notably a cover illustration. Our Finance Minister said last year in his budget speech that “digital technology has already transformed how we live and work and Canada can be a leader in this new environment”. Then the finance department turns around and increases by a quarter of a million dollars over what the Conservatives spent on printing the 2015 budget. This year the cost was $554,000 that went to an Ottawa printing company for paper copies of the budget that went to MP’s, Senators, and other select people prior to the budget speech. Right after the speech, the entire budget is made available online for free. Tack the $554,000 onto the $212,000 for the cover and we are reminded once again that when politicians make pie in the sky promises (most of which they don’t keep), they plan to use our dough.