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Julie Ali · University of Alberta Whether it is the Progressive Conservatives, the Liberals or the NDP we lose money in dumb ways. In Alberta for example we booted out the useless Tories and now the less than productive NDP folks are still wasting public cash on the elite for no good reason. It's pretty difficult to find anyone in government capable of using public dollars effectively. In the most recent waste of cash we have Alberta Health approve of $4.2 million dollars for a junk science project involving human guinea pigs who don't even know they are experimental test animals. http://www.cbc.ca/news2/interactives/unproven/ http://www.cbc.ca/.../carl-amrhein-pure-north-unproven... Pure North had previously received public funding. As CBC News reported earlier this month, Alberta Health gave Pure North a $10-million grant in December 2013 to expand its existing seniors program — against the advice of senior ministry officials who said the foundation's alternative treatments were not adequately supported by science and could pose a health risk to participants. When the NDP assumed power in 2015, Health Minister Sarah Hoffman refused, based on advice from her officials, to extend funding to Pure North for its seniors program beyond the $10 million provided by the previous government. Pure North did, however, eventually receive support from the NDP government. In October 2016, Alberta Health finalized a grant agreement — signed by Amrhein — with Pure North to provide the $4.2 million over several years for the nurse-practitioner-led, primary-care clinic in Calgary. Like · Reply · Just now

Like many of our political hires in the past and present Mr. Trudeau is showing his entitlement to us and we're not happy. We tell him we are not happy and yet he doesn't seem to get it. Why? Well facing yourself in the mirror is hard to do and most of the political hires don't like to face themselves because this might introduce dissonance and we can't have that cause the entire show might fall apart.
I'd respectfully suggest to the Trudeau that he refrain from major holidays on our tab. We work hard for the money he is throwing away on pleasure and self indulgence. We don't take kindly to this waste of cash.
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The elite are different than we are and they have all the excuses to say that they are correct to enjoy their entitlements on our dollar. The Tories are gone and now the Liberals are here to enjoy the spoils of the public bank. Democracy has become a milking of the cows for the politicians. The cows of the ordinary citizens.

The CBC found a bureaucrat was able to travel to the island by commercially chartered seaplane, undermining Trudeau's argument the helicopter was his only option
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http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/canadian-politics/opposition-seizes-on-report-that-staffer-flew-to-private-island-on-a-seaplane


Trudeau back on defensive over vacation with Aga Khan after report refutes need to take private helicopter

The Canadian Press | April 11, 2017 10:52 PM ET
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during Question Period on Tuesday, April 11, 2017.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian WyldPrime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during Question Period on Tuesday, April 11, 2017.
OTTAWA — A media report detailing how a government technician made his way to a pricey private island in the Bahamas had Prime Minister Justin Trudeau deflecting renewed allegations Tuesday about his controversial New Year’s family vacation with the Aga Khan.
Trudeau weathered a barrage of questions from interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose and Opposition House Leader Candice Bergen about the latest cost estimates for the trip, which included a ride on the Aga Khan’s private helicopter.
The Opposition seized on a CBC report that found a Privy Council Office technician was able to travel to the island by commercially chartered seaplane, undermining Trudeau’s argument that the private helicopter was his only option.
“It’s bad enough that the prime minister chose to vacation at one of the most expensive destination(s) in the world when taxpayers have to pay,” Ambrose told the House of Commons.
“But why did the prime minister tell Canadians a private helicopter was his only option when he knew it was against the law, against his own ethical guidelines and now, we find out, it wasn’t even true.”
In mid-January, shortly after the vacation was over, Trudeau told reporters in Kingston, Ont., that travel to and from the island “happens on the Aga Khan’s private helicopter.”
In the weeks following, the prime minister made similar assertions in the Commons.





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CBC says the government’s initial $127,187 cost estimate for the trip did not include another $6,695 for the seaplane.
Trudeau responded to the allegations Tuesday with his standard reply: that it was a private family vacation that he’s happy to discuss with the federal ethics commissioner.
But he also fended off questions from the opposition about his own decision-making abilities by saying the Mounties ultimately bear responsibility for deciding which mode of transportation he took to the island.
“Furthermore, on prime ministerial travel, as is always the case, the RCMP makes determinations around what is the most secure way for a prime minister to travel,” Trudeau said.
Government House Leader Bardish Chagger, who fielded a number of questions with Trudeau sitting right next to her, also cited security rules that made it impossible for the prime minister to get to the island any other way.
“The RCMP determines the safest route for the prime minister to travel,” Chagger said.
The vacation has embroiled Trudeau in an ethics probe since January and exposed his government to attacks about overspending on government entitlements — long a Liberal Achilles heel.

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Security rules mean the prime minister isn’t allowed to travel without a security detail, nor are the prime minister and his family allowed to take commercial flights. That means they must fly on government aircraft.
Government rules also prohibit the prime minister, cabinet ministers and parliamentary secretaries from accepting free travel on non-commercial chartered or private aircraft without first seeking the approval of the ethics commissioner.
The federal ethics watchdog is looking into the trip to see if Trudeau violated those guidelines.
More than half the cost of the trip to the Aga Khan’s island — about $72,000 — was for an RCMP security detail, a cost the government has said would have been incurred regardless of where the prime minister vacationed.
Liberal party president Anna Gainey and her spouse joined the Trudeau family on the island along with Liberal MP Seamus O’Regan and his husband.
O’Regan has said he, too, travelled on the Aga Khan’s helicopter. But as an MP, he is not bound by the same rules as the prime minister and cabinet ministers.

Whether it is the Progressive Conservatives, the Liberals or the NDP we lose money in dumb ways.


In Alberta for example we booted out the useless Tories and now the less than productive NDP folks are still wasting public cash on the elite for no good reason.


It's pretty difficult to find anyone in government capable of using public dollars effectively. In the most recent waste of cash we have Alberta Health approve of $4.2 million dollars for a junk science project involving human guinea pigs who don't even know they are experimental test animals.




Pure North had previously received public funding. As CBC News reported earlier this month, Alberta Health gave Pure North a $10-million grant in December 2013 to expand its existing seniors program — against the advice of senior ministry officials who said the foundation's alternative treatments were not adequately supported by science and could pose a health risk to participants.


When the NDP assumed power in 2015, Health Minister Sarah Hoffman refused, based on advice from her officials, to extend funding to Pure North for its seniors program beyond the $10 million provided by the previous government.


Pure North did, however, eventually receive support from the NDP government. In October 2016, Alberta Health finalized a grant agreement — signed by Amrhein — with Pure North to provide the $4.2 million over several years for the nurse-practitioner-led, primary-care clinic in Calgary.
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