Ferry honchos living it up on taxpayer dime:
In recent years, executives from the Crown corporation that runs the ferries between Newfoundland and the mainland have gone to conferences in Athens and the Bahamas, for instance, with taxpayers footing the bill.
The executives golfed at the best courses in Atlantic Canada, dropped big money for meals at the best restaurants in the region, knocked back a lot of pricey booze and even submitted claims for a newspaper, coffee or crossword puzzle book picked up at the airport.
In a few cases, the executives brought their wives along on trips. The Crown corporation — and, ultimately, the taxpayers — picked up the tabs.
It seems like too much spending, says John Williamson, director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.
"It sounds like Pirates of Marine Atlantic," he said. "In the good old days, this kind of behaviour aboard a ship would have resulted in the pirates all being hung up."