Rachel Notley is throwing up another government paywall to try to stop me from asking questions like she’s done in the past, this time when I asked the Ministry of Parks and Environment about the costs of administering the carbon tax.
Pretty reasonable, right? Shouldn’t a government know how many pencil pushers and cubicle dwellers are required to manage a new program?
I thought so, especially since the minister in charge, Shannon Phillips, has mentioned the costs in the the media, saying:
“We’ve had to put about a million dollars in cost through the treasury board and finance and what we have done as well, is we’ve made sure we’ve beefed up our measuring reporting, verification and other folks in the climate office,”
All I wanted to do was fact check Shannon Phillips, but instead of answers I got a bill, again.
This just makes me more certain that there’s something good in those documents, and by good, I mean bad, damning, and damaging.
How do I know that?
The government sent me a nearly $4,000 bill for documents that eventually revealed how NDP budget cuts caused the cancellation of all the water bomber contracts in the province just days before fire ripped into Fort McMurray.
You helped me pay for those fees so I could tell Albertans the truth about what the NDP do behind the scenes.
I won't let the NDP keep this information from Albertans but we aren’t sitting on a pile of taxpayer handouts like the CBC.
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Like always, I'll post these documents when we get them. Unlike the NDP, I want you to see exactly where your money is going.