The Canadian Taxpayers Federation's fourth annual "Taxpayer Naughty & Nice List" includes government ministers, MLAs and taxpayer-funded organizations that either naughtily misused tax dollars or nicely put taxpayers first.
“Some people need to be reminded it’s the season for giving, not taking,” said CTF Alberta Director Paige MacPherson. “So we’re doing old Saint Nick a favour and filling him in on who has been naughty and nice to Alberta taxpayers this year.”
The list is determined by policies or communication by government, as well as a CTF assessment of MLA expense claims filed at expenses.alberta.ca.
“The CTF keeps a close eye on government, so we know when they’ve been bad or good,” said MacPherson. “So next year, be good for goodness sake!”
Click here to view the 2015 Alberta Taxpayers Naughty and Nice List.
NAUGHTY LIST HIGHLIGHTS
* Premier Rachel Notley and Environment Minister Shannon Phillips
For imposing a massive carbon tax that will do virtually nothing to stop climate change, they get extra ironic lumps of coal in their stockings.
* Finance Minister Joe Ceci
For hiking a laundry list of taxes immediately after taking office and leaving taxpayers with a mystery bill for hosting expenses without a receipt.
* Wildrose MLA Angela Pitt
For charging taxpayers $115 for a ‘Drive Me Home’ designated drivers ride. We commend not drinking and driving, but it’s naughty to make taxpayers pay for a fun night out.
UPDATE: Wildrose MLA Angela Pitt has apologized for billing a Designated Drivers ride to taxpayers and tells us she will pay back the full expense. No coal for her this year! In our books this is the ultimate nice outcome of the Taxpayer Naughty and Nice List.
* Former Alberta Premier Jim Prentice
For taking his snowball and going home after losing the provincial election, sticking taxpayers with an unnecessary estimated $275,000 by-election bill.
* Calgary Flames Owners
For having the audacity to ask cash-strapped taxpayers to fund their pro sports arena. Deck the halls on your own dime!
NICE LIST HIGHLIGHTS
* The No Expenses Club: Opposition leader Brian Jean, Aboriginal Relations Minister Kathleen Ganley, NDP MLA Rod Loyola and NDP MLA Jon Carson
Charging no MLA expenses is extra nice when tax hikes and unemployment are this year’s ghosts of Christmas present.
* Health Minister Sarah Hoffman
For questioning frivolous spending by the Alberta School Boards Association when she was Edmonton Public School Board chair.
* Edmonton City Auditor David Wiun
For exposing multiple cases of waste and mismanagement in Edmonton.
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