The only thing worse than the blatant waste of tax dollars is when government rules, regulation or bylaws, force small businesses’ to waste their money on ridiculous things, as happened recently in Smithers BC when a business was forced to spend $10,000 on a sidewalk to nowhere.
Watch as I explain what happened when North Central Plumbing and Heating needed to make renovations to a building they owned that would cost over $75,000, which meant that in order to be in compliance with a local bylaw, they would have to spend $10,000 on public infrastructure.
This particular idiotic, business killing, entrepreneur stifling policy that resulted in a “sidewalk to nowhere”, won them the Canadian Federation of Independent Business award for the most egregious examples of excessive red-tape in Canada.
You might be wondering why a small town in the logging and mining belt of BC is doing such a thing? Well, locals to Smithers, BC will know that their Mayor Taylor Bachrach is a social justice warrior.
This Mayor should be focusing on bringing back our forestry and mining jobs in the region, not worrying about fancy public toilets or forcing businesses to build sidewalks to nowhere.
If he did, perhaps his local community would have more tax dollars from the industries in the region instead of milking small businesses for every penny.