List of Ridiculous things governments waste money on - Canada lands #4 and #5 - Lovemoney.com
As reported in Lovemoney.com:
What a waste
As governments around the world are tightening the public purse strings to cope with the economic turmoil brought about by COVID-19, you might be shocked at some of the ways authorities have spent taxpayers' cash in recent years. From an experiment where researchers watched hamsters fighting to spending millions of dollars on face masks which were faulty, click or scroll through to see 34 astounding ways governments have frittered away public money. All dollar values in US dollars unless otherwise stated.
And guess what? Canada landed the #4 and #5 position!! Here's Canada:
#5: Canada: Flying a Canadian chef to India for the Prime Minister – $12,900 (£9.9k)
In 2018, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shelled out CA$17,000 ($12.9k/£9.9k) of taxpayers' money to pay for a Canadian chef to be flown out to India, in order to cook Indian food for him during his visit there.
#4: Canada: Surveys on Canadian views of the Senate – $11,400 (£8.8k)
Earning an honourable mention in Canada's annual Teddy Awards, a set of awards created by the non-profit group group the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) to highlight wasted taxes and advocate for accountable government, an independent senator from Ontario spent CA$15,000 ($11.4k/£8.8k) on surveys to find out what Canadians thought of Senate. The result? That they found it pointless and a waste of money.