March 15, 2017

Fact check attempt on NDP’s carbon tax admin costs hits another Notley paywall

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Commentator Sheila Gunn Reid
 

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.

I got another $6,100 bill to get access to documents that revealed the NDP asked bureaucrats to delete emails that showed how badly they bungled changes to Alberta’s electricity system.

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.

If you can chip in to help pay these bills, go to WhatIsSheHiding.com, our donation page to help us cover the ongoing costs of our freedom of information investigations into the NDP.

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.

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commented 2017-03-16 11:55:09 -0400
Sheila, great report.
I think the government is used to news readers not fact-checking; just reading what the government wants to share. There is no transparency, and for those who recognize that and try to obtain the information for accuracy’s sake, and truthfully report their findings – there are many obstacles to overcome. The politicians want to cover up the numerous foolish & backward decisions they make, and their repeated wasteful spending of tax dollars.
commented 2017-03-16 10:25:28 -0400
Drew said, "i am quite sure they enjoy it, then of course they will be whining like babies once it affects them and they will lay the blame at some others feet like usual. "

Yes, there does appear to be a real cognitive disconnection they have between the “evil” businesses they hate and the taxes and royalties that they pay out. But then, they just take more from the tax payer, for example the carbon tax. Oh, but then the taxes from the regular Joe Smith tax payer is also decreasing because they are either gone or unemployed.

Well, nobody (except the NDP and their groupie lovers) said they were all that intelligent … well, nobody with intelligence in any case.
commented 2017-03-16 09:19:33 -0400
Why aren’t the WR party involved in this? I would think the official opposition party needs to get on board, and expose this extortion of fees for freedom of information that the government is obligated to release. Where is the fee schedule for the requests?
commented 2017-03-16 04:08:06 -0400
I am too poor to give money.
commented 2017-03-16 01:44:45 -0400
Peter Netterville i am quite sure they enjoy it, then of course they will be whining like babies once it affects them and they will lay the blame at some others feet like usual.

Canadian Mongrel very good point , we pay taxes , so this should be free to anyone. It is a paid for service. These filthy commies have no right to charge us for it.
commented 2017-03-16 01:01:38 -0400
Sheila, looks to me like Notley Is socking it to THE REBEL big time & relishes the extra “pin” money that Rebel members are forking out for every document requested through FOI. This really angers me, FOI is all about an extension of freedom of speech, yet big payment is required for this free speech.
This is nothing but extortion. How do they arrive at these figures, maybe that should be your next question Sheila.
commented 2017-03-15 23:23:51 -0400
I’ll be so glad when these NDP are gone.

It is difficult to understand how the NDP and the main stream media can be so blind to the damage the NDP are causing Alberta … … or maybe they do see it and are delighted.
commented 2017-03-15 22:50:30 -0400
Karen and Doug Geil, “these ‘fees’ can’t be legal…would it be less expensive to initiate a lawsuit against this?”
DITTO
commented 2017-03-15 22:50:02 -0400
Where is the freedom , in freedom of information
It’s set up as a T O I in stead of F O I
A taxing of information
This is the people’s government , why do we pay to find out what they’re doing

SHEILA , while you were gone , they probably ran amuck !!

And SHEILA , could you check out JIM NORWOOD’S link
commented 2017-03-15 22:38:03 -0400
Sheila – many of us Sewer Rats just can’t afford to pay NDPiggers any more! Let’s just hire a Russian hacker and let him / her loose on the NDPiggers & TruDopes’ Libtards. We have the technology! …just not the money – they’ve robbed us and are about to begin doing the paying themselves!
commented 2017-03-15 22:30:23 -0400
Karen – nothing the NDPiggers do is LEGAL – they are treasonous, treacherous tyrants who will end up being fed lead pills should their insanity continue! History does repeat itself – to bad these lunatics have no understanding of history or what Albertans really think of them.
Passive reasoning and discourse with these fascist lunatics IS NOT Working! – harsher solutions must be employed.
Remember, us sewer rats don’t count for shit – until – like Willard & the Rats – they devour the host.
commented 2017-03-15 21:43:10 -0400
these ‘fees’ can’t be legal…would it be less expensive to initiate a lawsuit against this?
commented 2017-03-15 21:10:42 -0400
It is the Publics right to know where their Tax Dollar is being spent. We are not obliged to pay for this information. The NDP should be aware that we have not quite become Marxist, yet.

Canceling Fire Bombers the day before a major fire? Smells of Socialism to me.
commented 2017-03-15 19:54:57 -0400
When Ms. G-R presents these costs, it always angers me. Too be fair, it is not just the current Non-Democratic Party government, but was also the Redford leftist government.

F.o.I. exists so that any member of the electorate can obtain information to make informed opinion and choice. The reality is, one should simply be able to send a request to their MLA, regardless of party, and get the information for free. But the opposition MLA’s apparently have the same trouble as Ms. G-R, and forget the NDP lap-kittens.

Hence…yeah…another donation so I can get what is mine by right.
commented 2017-03-15 19:19:19 -0400
The Russians could get for you for less.