Taxpayers’ ombudsman spends $2,853 of taxpayer money on Hawaii trip
The Taxpayers’ Ombudsman, whose government position is to look after the Canadian taxpayer, has refused to comment on a taxpayer-funded trip to Hawaii, which included a workshop by a yoga teacher, according to Blacklocks Reporter.
Records show that the Ombudsman Sherra Profit flew to Honolulu, Hawaii, for a two day conference with U.S. Ombudsman Association. In total, Profit spent $1,082 for her hotel room, and the total cost of the trip was $2,853—all on the tab of the Canadian taxpayer.
The director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation Aaron Wudrick told The Post Millennial that “attending a conference in Hawaii where there’s no clear value for taxpayers is a pretty bad use of taxpayer money.”
“These kinds of junkets always sound dubious, but the fact this one was undertaken by the ‘Taxpayer Ombudsman’–who should by definition be seized with the interests of taxpayers–is particularly bad.”
Profit was accompanied by four other delegates from the provincial ombudsman in Ontario and British Columbia who went to the conference in order to run technical workshops. The Ontario delegate, however, managed to not spend a single penny that belonged to the taxpayer.
Profit, on the other hand, did not run a workshop. As well as this, organizers could not provide minutes so to clarify whether she actually attended any meetings.
During Profit’s time at the conference, she was invited to attend an event that featured “a buffet and an indoor stage production of stories, songs and dances of Hawaii and the South Pacific.”
Profit, who is paid $144,000 a year by the taxpayer, has often been criticized for her failure to advocate for the taxpayer, whilst having her trotters in the troth. Her failure to support the taxpayer throughout the disclosure of the Revenue Agencies misconduct is a striking example.
David Christopherson, the Member of Parliament for Hamilton Centre in Ontario, declared that the Ombudsman’s position appeared to merely constitute the publishing of “very nice and glossy” pages “with lots of big pictures.”
Profit paid a pollster $68,948 to see how well-known the taxpayers’ ombudsman is known by Canadians. Only 20 percent of respondents knew of Profit’s office.
The Post Millennial reached out to the Taxpayers’ Ombudsman for comment, however, they did not respond in time of publishing.
The Conservative Shadow Minister for Agriculture John Barlow has launched a private member’s bill, intending to protect farmers from animal activists who have plagued Canada’s agricultural industry.
Over recent years, farmers have often complained of animal rights groups trespassing on their private property—leading to their equipment and livestock being harmed.
Animal activists also pose a dramatic risk to biosecurity of Canadian food. Speaking to The Post Millennial, Barlow said that the “biosecurity of our food supply is integral. I don’t believe that the protestors understand the potential consequences of what could happen if they walk onto these properties.”
In the last decade, there have been multiple instances of animal rights activists skirmishing onto the land of farmers, leading to deep anxiety amongst those in the agricultural industry.
“The first focus is to address the mental health and anxiety around agriculture right now—it’s at a crisis point,” said Barlow.
“When you have these protestors or animal activists, it’s one thing for them to protest out on the highway, but when they break onto you property and break into your barns, it’s really stressful.”
Despite this, Barlow was quick to assert that the bill would not “muzzle protests.”
“We are not trying to stop these animal activists from having their say. What we are saying is that there is a very serious biosecurity risk. I believe that this bill will get cross-party support as we are protecting the integrity of our supply chain,” he added.
If Barlow’s bill does receive the necessary support for it to become legislation, protestors would now be risking heavy fines if they were to harm the farmer’s animals or spread disease.
As well as this, if these protestors were organized by an animal rights pressure group, they could be held financially liable with fines of up to $500,000.
The Canadian Federation of Agriculture has applauded Barlow’s bill, saying that they “believe that the introduction of this bill is an important and necessary step in the right direction.”
The Trudeau government has said that they will not revoke $372.5 million that they gave to Bombardier, even after the corporation said it is leaving commercial aviation, according to Blacklock’s Reporter.
The Liberal Minister for Industry Navdeep Bains said in a statement that “Our government has been steadfast in its support for the Canadian aerospace industry and its workers … we will continue to engage with all relevant parties to ensure that previous commitments are honoured.”
The Trudeau government gave an intrest-free loan of $372.5 million to Bombardier in 2017 to help with their production of the C-series aircraft. Soon after this, Bombardier cut 14,500 jobs, sold a majority of the C-series aircraft shares, and moved the production of the aircraft to Alabama.
Despite the huge redundancies, Bombardier executives saw it fit to grant themselves a 48 percent pay raise for six senior managers. These raises, however, were soon revoked after protests and condemnation.
Despite government support, Bombardier managed to lose $1.6 billion last year.
Speaking in the Senate, Conservative Senator Leo Housakos said that “The terms of the agreement were not fully disclosed to Parliament or the public … we still don’t know today if that $400 million was a grant or a loan, or when it will be repaid.”
Many Via Rail trains are still being blocked or terminated as protesters continue to blockade the railways near Belleville, Ontario. Via posted a notice on their website this morning warning potential passengers of the dilemma. it stated that trains travelling between Toronto and Montreal and Ottawa and Toronto have been affected in both directions. None of the trains on those two routes will operate until the issue is resolved.
These blockades continue even after Via Rail acquired an injunction to have police remove protesters at least from blockading their rails. RCMP and other police departments have stated that the protests are allowed to continue so long as they don’t blockade the rails. Similar to the protests at the Port of Vancouver.
The Belleville blockade is in solidarity with those who don’t want the Coastal GasLink pipeline. Despite the protests, the Wet’suwet’en Tribal Council and most hereditary chiefs support the pipeline project.
The Post Millennial reached out to Minister of Transportation Marc Garneau for comment on what the government’s long term strategy is to remedy this situation however we have not yet heard a response.
Middle-class Canadians will save $1.73 a week under the Liberal Government’s new middle-class tax cut, totalling out to $90 dollars a year.
“We are lowering taxes for middle-class families and people working hard to join them, which means more money that can be used to do things like buy healthy food, send kids to camp,” said Middle-Class Prosperity Minister Mona Fortier to the Commons Friday. “This is just the next step in our plan to make life more affordable for middle-class Canadians.”
According to Blacklock’s reporter, parliament passed Bill C-2 that would raise the basic personal exemption for tax filers by roughly $3,000 from $12,298 to $15,000 annually by 2023.
“We know that will have an important impact,” said Finance Minister Bill Morneau. “It’s a very significant measure.”
“The government is trying to get extraordinary credit for what is really a very modest tax cut,” said MP Pat Kelly (Calgary Rocky Ridge), deputy Conservative finance critic to Blacklocks. “It’s a tax cut, and I support cutting taxes for Canadians, but this isn’t going to help Canadians get ahead anywhere near to the extent this government is claiming.”
“The budget resembles marketing documents rather than giving Canadians accurate and clear information about what the government actually plans to do,” said Kelly.
A January cost report found that people earning between $104,000 AND $159,000 will benefit most.
“The Liberals are taking from the poor and giving it to the rich,” said MP Peter Julian. “They have got Robin Hood backwards.”