The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) dished out their annual Teddy Awards this week bestowing the dubious honour of these prizes, named after a federal bureaucrat who once expensed a $700 lunch for two, to commemorate the best of the worst in government waste.
Justin Trudeau's ill-fated trip to India topped the list but there were others that were equally ridiculous, though less extravagant.
The Municipal Teddy went to the City of Vancouver’s Park Board which spent $50K on their “All The Trees” project that invited local residents to send emails to trees, then paid artists to send replies on behalf of the trees.
And if you think that's bad, well here comes the municipality of New Westminster, British Columbia saying “hold our soy lattes!”
They can't even repair a beloved tugboat themed park without the obligatory left-wing freak-out about applying the necessary amount of white guilt to each play structure in a “nod to the people that lived in that place before us.”
The Rotary Club was going to put up 25 per cent of the cost of repairs, but enter social justice warriors to ruin everything.
Are we losing sight of reality? It's a park outside where everybody, no matter what colour, religion or cultural background, can bring their children to play together.
In the end, a park design everybody seemed pretty happy with, will inevitably cost more because it has to be redesigned to accommodate the requirements specified by childless spinsters and those offended on behalf of others.
The joy of children will be the last consideration.
As the CTF notes, virtue signalling is an expensive business.