Jordan Bateman

Slate Politics: Coming Soon To a B.C. City Hall Near You

Jordan Bateman | Posted 10.28.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Video killed the radio star. But it's Peter Fassbender who is about to kill the independent civic politician.

B.C. Government Ain't Santa Claus

Jordan Bateman | Posted 10.22.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

During 10 days of public meetings, special interest groups demanded $18.6 billion from the provincial government. It's 40 per cent of the province's annual budget. It's more than B.C. spends on health care. It's a ridiculous amount of money.

Forget the Raises, Politicians

Jordan Bateman | Posted 10.05.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Here's the truth about politician pay. Some are grossly overpaid for the work they do, while some are terribly underpaid. But that distinction is very much in the eye of the beholder.

Fat Taxes a Naïve Prescription for Canadian Health

Jordan Bateman | Posted 10.04.2015 | Canada Business
Jordan Bateman

They're coming first for your devilish Coca-Cola and Pepsi. But they aren't stopping there. They also want taxes on sugary fruit juice (you sinister Sun-Rype suckers!), and anything else that tastes slightly better than water. It won't end -- because big government types truly believe higher taxes can solve every problem -- there's no evidence it will work.

Take A Stick And Whack B.C. Carrot Rewards

Jordan Bateman | Posted 10.22.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

What long-term health benefits would occur if government built $7.5 million in school playgrounds? Or spent $7.5 million cutting waitlists for surgery? Or made sure people had timely access to family physicians? Or improved rural or aboriginal drinking water quality to reduce the dozens of boil water advisories in effect across B.C. right now? Or any of a hundred other ideas.

TransLink CEO Job Listing Reveals Big Fat Pay Package

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | Posted 07.26.2015 | Canada British Columbia

The annual bonus alone could add up to $95,000.

What Should Happen Next at TransLink

Jordan Bateman | Posted 07.09.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

No more poodles on poles, no more $40,000 TVs, no more leasing empty buildings, no more TransLink vanity projects.

Aboriginals Deserve Good Financial Governance

Jordan Bateman | Posted 06.29.2015 | Canada Politics
Jordan Bateman

The lack of accountability on many reserves is why the Canadian Taxpayers Federation worked with grassroots band members to push for the new First Nations Financial Transparency Act (FNFTA). Among other things, the law requires chiefs and councillors to disclose their pay publicly.

B.C. City Councils Can Improve Through Core Reviews -- If They Stick Together

Jordan Bateman | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

City bureaucracies are a bit like junk drawers -- they need a good purging every once in a while.

Transit Vote's Yes Campaign Spent Almost $6 Million

CP | Keven Drews, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.13.2015 | Canada British Columbia

But one critic calls the spending "outrageous" and a "waste of taxpayer money."

Politicians Hate Government Ads -- Until They're The Government

Jordan Bateman | Posted 05.13.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

While we scrimp and sacrifice and pay our taxes to ostensibly fund critical services like public safety, health and education; politicians line up to spend it on flashy ads designed to help them get more votes.

'Twas The Night Before A B.C. Taxpayer's Christmas

Jordan Bateman | Posted 02.17.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through B.C. The pipeline wars were stirring, even over LNG

B.C. Post-Secondary Presidents Are Spending Like Rock Stars

Jordan Bateman | Posted 02.07.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

If these expenses are an example of presidents acting frugally in the face of funding shortfalls, taxpayers should be very concerned.

Don't Rush To The Amalgamation Altar, Victoria

Jordan Bateman | Posted 01.24.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Not to sound like the grumpy parents of two love-struck teenagers, but there is a whole lot more to consider before taxpayers give their approval to such a wedding.

TransLink Should Focus On Restoring Public Faith In The Organization

Jordan Bateman | Posted 01.20.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Instead of focusing on ways to con the taxpayer into handing more money over via dodgy claims and ballot questions, TransLink apologists should focus on addressing executive pay, delivering projects like Compass Card as promised, and curbing waste.

Vision Vancouver Sells Out Taxpayers For Big Labour Money

Jordan Bateman | Posted 12.29.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

If you're a Vancouver property taxpayer, a chill should be running down your spine.

It's Time To Take The First Real Step Towards A Debt-Free B.C.

Jordan Bateman | Posted 12.21.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

You may not realize it, but you're drowning in debt. In fact, we all are.

B.C. Mayors, Councillors Out To Pickpocket Taxpayers Yet Again

Jordan Bateman | Posted 11.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

An important travel advisory for provincial politicians headed to this week's Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) conference in Whistler: keep a close eye on your government issued credit cards.

B.C. Auditor General For Local Gov't Fizzled Quick As Canucks 1st-Round Draft

Jordan Bateman | Posted 11.11.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

We had such high hopes.

TransLink Bonuses, Executive Salaries Draw Criticism

CBC | Posted 11.04.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Concerns are being raised once again about the amount TransLink executives are getting paid, following the the release of documents showing many got s...

What Is It With B.C. Government And Expensive, Poorly Managed Computer Projects?

Jordan Bateman | Posted 10.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Taxpayers deserve to know why these projects are going over budget, why they are failing, and precisely what government plans to do about it.

A First Look At How Much B.C. First Nations Chiefs Actually Make

Jordan Bateman | Posted 09.29.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

How do these chiefs get away with making so much money? In part, because very few people actually knew they made that much. For a lot of bands, politician salaries were a closely-guarded secret.

Seaterra's Esquimalt Bribe Should Leave Taxpayers Seaterr-ified

Jordan Bateman | Posted 09.16.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

The CRD's financial management of Seaterra has been Seaterr-ible since the start. It's time for the regional district to give taxpayers the true, detailed cost implications of this massive plan, and for Esquimalt taxpayers to put the CRD's letter in the recycle bin -- where it belongs.

Why Is B.C. Liquor Still Overtaxed, Despite 'Reforms'?

Jordan Bateman | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Take a $15 bottle of wine, for example. In B.C., we pay $7.11 for the Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) markup tax, 60 cents in other LDB fees, and 94 cents in Provincial Sales Tax -- a total of $8.65 in taxes. That means when British Columbians buy a bottle of wine, they actually pay more in taxes and markup than for the actual drink itself.

Simple Math for Teachers: Economic Growth = Higher Wages

Jordan Bateman | Posted 08.18.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Whatever the final government deal is with the B.C. Teachers Federation (BCTF), and whenever it's settled, the BCTF must quit opposing economic growth if it ever hopes to accomplish its long-term salary and class size goals.