It's sort of apropos that, in the midst of the ongoing Senate expense scandal, the Fraser Institute released their latest report about government waste and mismanagement.
The policy think-tank's study, titled Federal Government Failure in Canada, is a good reminder for all of us that while we collectively fret about $90,000 in inappropriate expenses claims, we should probably be paying more attention to the costly decisions made by our MPs and senior bureaucrats.ca
The report's authors examined Auditor General reports from 1988 to 2013 and identified 614 failed programs and initiatives costing Canadian taxpayers between $158 billion and $197 billion.
"The study covers a fairly long period with five prime ministers from two different political parties. While there’s a tendency to blame the government of the day for mismanagement and failure, the reality is that government failure is a systemic problem," Charles Lammam, lead author of the study, said in a press release accompanying theRead More »from Government waste and mismanagement cost taxpayers at least $197 billion since 1988: report