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posted on March 14, 2009
This year, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation honours the Canada Council for the Arts, the City of Vancouver and other big spenders for 'excellence in the art of government waste'
Published: March 12, 2009
Source: National Post
"In Ottawa yesterday , the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) held its 1 1th annual "Teddies Waste Awards Ceremony " to recognize excellence in the art of government waste. CTF federal director, Kevin Gaudet, acted as the master of ceremonies at the ceremony 's black tie news conference on Parliament Hill. Assisting with the awards ceremony were "Porky the Waste Hater" (the CTF pig mascot) and Samantha, a veteran government waste awards hostess.
The "Teddies" award ceremony is named after Ted Weatherill, a former senior public servant, who was terminated in 1999 for expenses incurred that were "incompatible with his position as Chairman of the Canada Labour Relations Board," according to the Office of the Minister of Labour. Each year, the CTF holds the ceremony during the entertainment awards season to recognize a government, public office holder, civil serv ant, department or agency that most exemplifies government waste, overspending, over-taxation, excessive regulation, lack of accountability or any combination of the five."