Remember when the NDP offered us “free” light bulbs? They sold us a green incentive program to create jobs that turned out to be government welfare for energy efficiency products and taxpayer subsidized jobs. Now I have Freedom of Information documents that show where that taxpayer money is going.
The FOI shows that taxpayers will be footing the bill for an out of province company’s expenses of over $1.6 million for uniforms and hiring costs that any other private company would be expected to cover themselves.
You’ll be paying over $5.3 million for employee bonuses and over $300,000 for things like recycling fees.
I’d like to tell you what you’ll be paying the most for, but we’re not allowed to access that information:
Due to disclosure exceptions, we’ve only been given the rundown for expenses totalling under $8 million for this program, so we’re left to guess where the other nearly $14 million is going.
This program is costing taxpayers $21.5 million and it’s pretty clear that it’s just not worth the expense.
In Manitoba, they’re apparently saving a maximum of $35 a year (or $3 per month) on energy costs for all these products that they’re buying with their own money.
I don’t know about you, but I think people are capable of buying their own power bars and shower heads without the help of the government.
The NDP thinks that hiring people to screw your light bulbs in for you will win them some friends next election and decrease global temperatures, but it’s pretty clear all they’re really doing is screwing Albertans out of their money.