[ETA (2011) Link to latest list: 2009-10 pdf list]
The list contains anyone who received a cheque for $100,000 or more from the Canadian government in 2004-05 - not for rendering a service - but simply as a transfer, a form of welfare.
The following statement presents the total amount spent in 2004-2005 for each transfer payment. A transfer payment is a grant, contribution or other payment made by the Government for which no goods or services are received.
This statement also provides, for each class of recipients, a detailed listing, where applicable, of the payments (i.e. cash payments and accrued charges) aggregating to $100,000 or over to a recipient (one individual or organization).
Some recipients are listed more than once (search on "Royal Bank"), presumably receiving different cheques under different programmes. (And, of course, we must trust bureaucrats working under political direction for the list's accuracy.)
If I were an editor, I would assign a researcher/reporter to this list for a week. There is a national headline hidden here somewhere that will attract advertising revenue greater than the reporter's weekly salary.
The list has divisions according to federal department and programme or recipient. HRDC is big, and Indian and Northern Affairs. So is CIDA. I suggest a flip through Science & Technology.
For fun, I have randomly found recipients and where possible, given links. The categories are mine. I know none of these people, firms or NGOs.
There is no scoop here. But I invite you to read my comments after.
Ghost River Rediscovery $192,948
Horizons of Friendship $719,000
One Sky - The Canadian Institute of Sustainable Living $167,886
Rooftops Canada Toronto Ont $556,285
Candora Society of Edmonton Edmonton Alta $350,299
Gay & Lesbian Health Services of Saskatoon Sask $1,030,058
Genuine Progress Index Atlantic Glen Haven NS $186,090
Hunger in Moose Jaw $116,150
Palestine House Educational & Cultural Centre Mississauga Ont $307,599
Apollo Microwaves Ltd Pointe-Claire Que $456,392
Quantiam Technologies Inc Edmonton Alta $851,000
BMO Investments Inc Toronto Ont $14,966,472
4746962 Manitoba Inc Selkirk Man $124,012
TIR Systems Ltd Burnaby Ont $2,291,762
Ministry of Science and Technology Beijing China $100,158
American Society for Engineering Education Washington $76,456
Green Global USA Washington DC USA $121,760
Provigo Distribution Inc Toronto Ont $103,000
Linda Lundstrom Inc East York Ont $116,901
Crossroads Christian Communications Burlington Ont $211,307
Pastew Place Detoxification Centre Ft McMurray Alta $379,000
Windreach Farm Ashburn Ont $104,130
Janette Husak and Dwain Daniel Prince Albert Sask $317,775
The Right Honourable E Schreyer Winnipeg Man $115,340
When the Left says that we all must pay more in taxes to help poor people, it should think of this list. Giving money to government means giving money to these people and organizations - not poor people.
When the Right says that governments should not give money out, it should think of this list. Some on this list are good public investments and make Canada a more civilized and richer country.
Unfortunately, politicians and bureaucrats cannot pick winners. This is largely a list of graft, corruption, vote-buying, rent-seeking. It is a list that refers to the basest aspect of animals: mooching. Rather than cultivate your own food, you hang around and wait for the scraps of others.
The federal Liberal Party was involved in many of these cheques, and a Liberal MP, if smart, was involved in its delivery. I don't think a country that operates on such principles will long endure. I don't know. There is Louis XIV and Henry VIII, and then there is Elizabeth I.
Edited by August1991, 04 March 2011 - 07:03 PM.