December 24, 2016

CTF Releases 2016 Alberta Taxpayer Naughty and Nice List

Paige MacPhersonAlberta CTF Director

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) released its fifth annual ‘Taxpayer Naughty and Nice List’ today. 

Government ministers, mayors, MLAs and party members made the lists for either naughtily wasting tax dollars or nicely thinking of taxpayers before they swiped that charge card.

“It’s not really the season of giving when politicians are giving to themselves,” said CTF Alberta Director Paige MacPherson. “Mr. Claus asked us for some recommendations for his Naughty and Nice List, so as always, we were happy to help out.”

The list is determined by policies and communication by provincial and municipal governments, as well as a CTF assessment of MLA expense claims filed at


* Alberta government ministers
* For being carbon tax hypocrites, telling Albertans to walk or take the bus as they dash through the snow in their Chevrolet Suburbans.
* Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson
* For channelling Ebenezer Scrooge, asking for new tax powers without citywide referendums.
* The Sparkling Clean Car Club: PC MLA Wayne Drysdale, Wildrose MLA David Hanson and NDP MLA Shaye Anderson
* For expensing endless car washes.
* Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci
* For piling debt onto future generations.
* Alberta Education Minister David Eggen
* For sitting on his hands instead of holding the Alberta School Boards Association accountable for misusing tax dollars.


* NDP MLAs David Shepherd and Trevor Horne
* For keeping their expense claims low.
* Calgary City Council
* For freezing property taxes.
* Wildrose Party members
* For voting to bring back the single-rate income tax.
* Alberta MLAs
* For rejecting the proposed taxpayer subsidy to political parties.

Click here to view the entire 2016 Alberta Taxpayer Naughty and Nice List.

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commented 2016-12-26 15:01:04 -0500
The CRA people involved in Irv LaRue’s case should be hung out to dry. What they did to this man is unconscionable. How can they say they’ve rectified things with him when he’s lost EVERYTHING? Unbelievable. And the politicians involved need to start taking back the power from the civil servants that they were given by the electorate. Both Politian’s and these civil servants/bureaucrats need to remember that they work for us and not the other way around. We need to ensure that they can be taken to task and even sued if necessary.
commented 2016-12-25 15:02:44 -0500
I agree with putting Calgary city council on this list of “good boys” – historically it has always been council which were the spend-thrifts being reined in by a frugal mayor – but mayor Numnutz has been the opposite with council in a roll reversal.
commented 2016-12-24 23:31:23 -0500
just put everything the NDP has done on the naughty list, pretty easy.