May 09, 2017

Entitled Liberals: Bureaucrats bill taxpayers for “swanky” Rideau Club memberships

Brian LilleyArchive

The entitlement mentality in official Ottawa knows no political boundaries, creeping into everything in this town. While Harper was in power, excessive spending was discouraged but a year and a half into Trudeau’s term, the good times are back.

Watch as I tell you about the $111K in spending by bureaucrats - not politicians - at Ottawa’s fancy and exclusive Rideau Club.

The Rideau Club is a private club located on the top floor of an Ottawa skyscraper, with it’s own express elevator, dress code, and a membership costing thousands of dollars per year.

And taxpayers have been paying for certain memberships.

We all get the idea of a business lunch, but this goes well beyond that. The one person I knew who bought a membership while working as an independent lobbyist viewed it as a business expense but you know what? After moving in-house to a major firm that said they wouldn’t pay for it, this person gave it up.

So major firms won’t pay for memberships in private clubs but taxpayers will when bureaucrats ask.

Doesn’t it make you feel like we’re being played for fools? Fleeced by people that know how to game the system?

This won’t end while Trudeau’s in power. This is the man that put his nannies on the payroll as one of his first acts as prime minister. The attitude is set at the top.

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commented 2017-05-10 10:58:30 -0400
Our government is set up so that the PM becomes an elected dictator. True democracies have kind of laughed at us for this. It will always be this way unless the people rise up with an “enough is enough” attitude and demand a democracy that is worthy of the name, “Canadian.”
commented 2017-05-09 22:08:58 -0400
Ottawa bureaucrats, are all federal Liberals anyway, it’s an entitlement mindset, 3, 4 ,5 ,6 generations probably, and further back
commented 2017-05-09 21:26:55 -0400

You could well be right, for the time being but Canada will soon become an Islamic State with Sheik Trudeau as our Divine Leader.
commented 2017-05-09 20:37:17 -0400
The more I find out where our money goes, the more pissed I get about getting taxed to death!
commented 2017-05-09 19:27:38 -0400
We have elected a king with all his aristocracy, didn’t you know? Canada is now a feudal country.
commented 2017-05-09 19:25:34 -0400
Liberals are entitled to their entitlements. Are they not?
commented 2017-05-09 19:00:17 -0400
pigs to the slaughter….all u mother fuckers who voted for these pigs…pay your taxes and smile!
commented 2017-05-09 18:56:41 -0400
At least the location of the Laurentian aristocrats will be known if there is a revolution.
commented 2017-05-09 18:53:58 -0400
If you want to join a club, it’s up to you to pay the membership fees and expenses…thinking otherwise is sketchy and tells me you really believe you are entitled! My next question is whether these entitled people also claim it as a business expense – getting both toes wet!
commented 2017-05-09 16:19:20 -0400
This is the exact play-out of an old George Carlin bit about government being a “big club” of powerful vested interests that you pay for but can’t join – you get to stare through the restaurant window like freezing street urchins watching the pork barrelers swilling up a lush meals and perks in the lap of luxury, with your nose pressed up against the window – you pay for the meal but will never be one of the insiders. You don’t have leaders, you have owners – they own your life. Try to get rid of them. G’wan, I dare ya.

It’s gone on for generations, it’s funded by income taxing and involuntary with holding – a well spring of revenues that have been abused by those charged with the trust from day one – whacha gonna do revolt?