April 28, 2015

“We can find a way to spend it, but we don't need it.” Ottawa man says the government is better at spending our money than we are – gives his $1,500 back

Rebel Staff

A a communications employee of the National Union of Public and General Employees is encouraging his friends to give back their tax breaks.

According to The National Post, Andy Pedersen completed his tax-return and noticed his software gave him the option to opt-out and gave $1500 back to the government.

“Why are they giving it to people like us? We can find a way to spend it, for sure, but we definitely do not need it,”  

Pedersen is hoping others do the same and took to Facebook to voice his opinion and attempt to convince others that 'lower taxes mean service cuts'.

“I disagree with the government contention that we, as individuals, are better at deciding how to use that money, that we are somehow more effective spenders. That flies in the face of all kinds of common sense. When you pool money together, that money becomes more powerful and you can do more with it,” he told The National Post.

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commented 2015-05-04 15:53:57 -0400
Gives a picture to the term “odd man out”.
I read this a couple of times and I am still in wonder. I wonder if he called the press and then returned the refund. I wouldn’t put it past a Liberal. I wouldn’t put it an NDP. A Conservative might have a weak moment or two. Myself, a retired Conservative, I would just deposit in the bank and hope it lasted a few months worth of groceries. I’m so tired of Spam.
commented 2015-04-30 11:18:11 -0400
Just another gimmick from the liberal, socialist groupies who think they will convince Canadians that “communism” is good for the soul! Note: “…according to the National Post….”
commented 2015-04-29 18:58:28 -0400
I think Andy needs to give his head a shake!
commented 2015-04-29 12:01:13 -0400
I think Andy deserves some credit here. It irks me that all of those who believe in big government and big taxes are not the first to give away their money to the poor. I mean if you REALLY believe in socialism, why aren’t YOU selling all you have and donate to the poor? At least Andy is willing to put his money where his mouth is and for that I am impressed.
commented 2015-04-29 11:24:36 -0400
It’s easy to give back something that isn’t yours in the first place – 100% of this tyro’s salary was paid for by me, so he is really not giving anything of his back – particularly when his union turns around and gouges me for a raise that I don’t get. Time for public sector employees to drink a big steaming cup of STFU.

“Some people see things that are and ask, Why? Some people dream of things that never were and ask, Why not? Some people have to go to work and don’t have time for all that.” George Carlin
commented 2015-04-29 10:44:51 -0400
“we definitely do not need it,”

Definitely an admission that public union employees are over paid.
commented 2015-04-29 10:12:09 -0400
Of course, being a) a Unionist and b) a Public employee, $1,500 is chicken feed to him.
To others its almost a month’s salary.
commented 2015-04-29 10:10:45 -0400
Doesn’t he realize that a tax refund is money that HE paid EXTRA to Revenue Canada EXTRA?
It was always his (earned) to begin with.
commented 2015-04-29 10:00:37 -0400
He couldn’t have given it to some charity?
commented 2015-04-29 09:51:54 -0400
Ironically, all Andy Pedersen has done is proven that the Conservative government has kept their economic promises and has provided $1500 +/- to millions of families in this country. That Andy has selected to give that money back to the government only shows that he is not capable to make wise financial decisions.
commented 2015-04-29 09:12:30 -0400
I agree with Trevor. I guess after stamping paper after paper to send over to Pete who stamps them and then he sends them to Joe to file, can get to you after a while.

But here’s the kicker. What he has said, by definition, confirms we are paying these people far too much money. This guy’s should be at the next round of contract negotiations for our side.
commented 2015-04-29 07:05:53 -0400
He has earned the “Darwin Award” of the year!
commented 2015-04-29 06:14:36 -0400
Karl Max would be proud of this mans thought process.
commented 2015-04-29 04:38:49 -0400
Andy Pedersen has chosen to pay the government first, as opposed to his family (assuming he has one) or even his kid’s education (assuming again).

But we all know how is works. Andy Pedersen pays back the government and then gets his “rebate” from his union. Just another stunted done by stunted people for stunted people to believe.

Go hump yourself Andy Pedersen you fraud!!!!
commented 2015-04-29 04:13:01 -0400
Good idea Pederson!
You’re better off giving it to the charity of your choice. Do something that will actually make a difference. You could give it to me.
commented 2015-04-29 00:52:01 -0400
What a nut! I can’t believe that someone could even think that way. I was just talking to my wife about how the gov is in our pockets way too much. Every part of our lives from birth to death is taxed. If a leader want me to keep more of my hard earned (ya hard) money then I say thank you very much.
commented 2015-04-29 00:47:19 -0400
This is not surprising. True Liberals and NDP fellow travellers actually believe government is good for us.
commented 2015-04-28 23:05:07 -0400
Looks like the sheep are ready for fleecing
commented 2015-04-28 21:26:20 -0400
He’s obviously overpaid and feeling guilty about it. Better he donate it to some needy agency or to relief in Nepal.
commented 2015-04-28 18:36:24 -0400
Now THERE is a dyed in the wool true red communist peasant. Apparently he is all ready and prepared for Communist Justie to “lead us into the golden socialist future riding his shiny pony” … or was that Justie IS the shiny pony. I doubt he would ever vote Conservative since we value as much independence from the government as possible.
commented 2015-04-28 18:32:24 -0400
I guess it takes all kinds.
commented 2015-04-28 18:32:21 -0400
Hoping against hope he is indeed. He most definetly speaks for himself. I really hope the left runs with this story. #Fingerscrossed. It shows people that they are getting big breaks they and the economy desperately need under this cruel Conservative party.
commented 2015-04-28 18:22:53 -0400
wow…you certainly can tell this nimrod’s bias. He could of took it and donated to his NDP friends, received another rebate and donated again but oh no..public employee with guaranteed pension, medical, dental, paid days off, and of course all those unused sick days, and makes this kind of statement….I wish I could throw something at him…