Friday, December 07, 2007

McCallion Wastes $50,000 on Self Congratulations

Taxpayer to McCallion: Stop the waste and buy the magazine.

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion has been crying the blues lately over budget woes, proclaiming how well run Mississauga is. Meanwhile she approved $50,000 for a handful of staff (armed with an expensive video)to go pick up an award in London, England at the World Leadership Forum, as reported in the Toronto Star

McCallion has been blustering lately that she needs more money from the federal government. Given that she spends it on silly boondoggle junkets like this, she and her council don't deserve another red cent of taxpayer money.

She, like many politicians, seems to forget it isn't their money they are wasting.

Brampton is no better. Mayor Susan Fennell and eight others in her expensive entourage attended the back-patting event as well. They cost taxpayers untold thousands to schmooze in London, England and to brag about how great they are.

Fat lot of good this does taxpayers.

If politicians spent nearly as much time thinking about ways to reduce spending than patting themselves on the back, government would be tremendously efficient. Sadly, giving themselves awards is higher on their list of priorities.

Apparently, the World Leadership Forum publishes a magazine. Perhaps a subscription would cost less than flying politicians and staff around on junkets like this.

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