Earlier this year, the Campbell administration splashed out at least $92,856.33 to throw a flashy party for British Columbia's civil servants. This, according to records obtained by Public Eye via freedom of information request. But documents posted on BC Bid this Monday suggest the premier's innovation and excellence awards ceremony next year is going to be an even bigger to-do.
The documents state "the program is undergoing a significant expansion in 2007/08. Four regional ceremonies and dinners will be held around the province prior to the culminating provincial awards event in Victoria on March 10, 2008." The government hasn't yet said how much more those new regional ceremonies and dinners would cost.
But, in an interview, Canadian Taxpayers Federation provincial director Maureen Bader said, "It's extremely irresponsible of the government to expand a ceremony like that when they're already spending too much money and it already is a bit extravagant. A much better use of taxpayer dollars would be a tax cut so that taxpayers can decide what they want to do with the money and not have the government spending it on these extravagant ceremonies for government employees."