Montreal has done it again! Our fine city is a winner, baby. A winner.
Not surprisingly, Montreal took home the top prize for biggest waste of tax payer money, all thanks to our Formula-E race last summer.
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) announced its Teddy Waste Award winners at its 20th annual ceremony, celebrating the best of the worst in government spending.
CTF Federal Director Aaron Wudrick was joined by Porky the Waster Hater to hand out the dubious awards in 4 categories: Federal, Municipal, Provincial, and Lifetime.
The biggest municipal-waste Teddy went to our famed Formula-E races for costing the city $34 million to produce, and emphasised the waste as roughly 25,000 of the 45,000 tickets were sold. The race featured lots of empty bleachers.
Wudrick noted that the city of Montreal decided to build a massive track in the middle of downtown despite already having a top class racetrack, and offered a 2-for-1 on ticket sales just to fill the bleachers. A major fail!
“By any measure, $34 million on a race nobody wants to watch is not a winning formula,” said Wudrick.
No wonder the Plante administration wants this event to die out.
Montreal's Formula-E beat out Toronto's Transit Commission's $1.9 million "word art" project.
Montreal doubled down at this year's Teddy Awards, also receiving a second nomination! Can you guess for what?
You know how our city's biggest season is construction?
Well, our second Montreal nomination of waste is for spending $15 million over 18 months in overtime pay for police officers directing traffic. This is a common sight to see on the Montreal streets.
The top award went to the federal Department fo Canadian Heitage for spending $8.2 million on the Parliament Hill skating rink in Ottawa.
Here are some of the other nominations at this year's Teddy Awards:
- Federal – Finance Canada for spending $192,000 on graphics and advertising for the federal budget.
- Federal – Health Canada for spending $100,000 per year to operate the minister’s Twitter account.
- Provincial – Danny Graham, CEO of Engage Nova Scotia for getting a $163,000 salary despite not being able to explain what Engage Nova Scotia does.
- Provincial – SaskPower for previously maintaining a fish pond in its Regina headquarters at an annual cost of $20,000.
- Municipal – The Toronto Transit Commission for its $1.9 million “word art” project that remains dormant due to fears passengers will use to type profane words.
- Municipal – The United Firefighters of Winnipeg for taking a 40% taxpayer subsidy for their union president’s salary.