Jordan Bateman

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

Jordan Bateman | Posted 12.18.2014 | 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 12.08.2014 | 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 11.24.2014 | 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 11.20.2014 | 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 10.29.2014 | 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.

Student's $16,000 Ministry Contracts Under Scrutiny

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 05.07.2014 | Canada British Columbia

B.C.'s education minister is investigating a Victoria student's taxpayer-funded trip to Finland to write a report on Finnish education. Anjali Vyas...

Metro Vancouver Garbage Plan Is Going To Burn All Of Us

Jordan Bateman | Posted 07.01.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

The only way this incinerator doesn't become a boondoggle for Metro Vancouver taxpayers is if BC Hydro ratepayers drastically overpay to purchase the electricity the incinerator will create.

Time For Auditor General To Turn Up The Heat On Abbotsford

Jordan Bateman | Posted 06.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

How bad was the taxpayer payout? During the Heat's five-year run, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation calculates every attendee benefited from a $21.48 taxpayer subsidy -- every fan, every seat, every game, for five expensive seasons.

BC's HST Hangover Hangs On

Jordan Bateman | Posted 05.27.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Compared to just five years ago, British Columbians now hand over an extra $20 bill every week of the year to the provincial government. This is the biggest jump in the country. This is a hangover from the HST.

Metro Vancouver Needs To Stop Bullying Elected Councils

Jordan Bateman | Posted 05.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

In a triumph for local democracy, the bully that is Metro Vancouver has been put in its proper place by a provincial judge. Metro Vancouver should save its taxpayers some money by forgoing an appeal in this case and accepting the fact that it doesn't always know best. Let's see a little more of this "collaborative federation," and a lot less bullying of elected councils.

B.C. Losing its Tax Advantage -- and Its People

Jordan Bateman | Posted 04.30.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Our beautiful landscape, outdoorsy way of life, and mild weather can only overcome a certain amount of taxes. People are already beginning to vote with their feet, leaving our province for greener pastures -- another spin that will continue to speed up if the BC Liberals do not reverse course.

Time For B.C. To Say Sayonara To The Senate

Jordan Bateman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

The best thing for B.C. is to join Saskatchewan and Manitoba and call for the abolition of the Senate. Premier Clark, deep down, knows this. In her 2011 leadership campaign, she was clear: "We don't really need a Senate." Since then, the Senate's reputation has only worsened, as new scandals and criminal charges tear away any credibility that once resided in the Upper Chamber.

Government Purchases: Someone Needs To Look At How Sausage Is Made

Jordan Bateman | Posted 03.29.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

When it comes to a lot of government activity, taxpayers often want to ignore how the sausage is made: Just take as little of our money as possible, spend it wisely, and make sure the services we depend on are there when we need them. Bureaucracies love that apathy -- it allows them to escape scrutiny of their actions and policies.

Municipal Candidates Should Steal Better Ideas This Fall

Jordan Bateman | Posted 03.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Taxpayers deserve more than the same-old, same-old from potential mayors and councillors. We want details and real ideas. And, in a world where "there is nothing new under the sun," one hopes that a few ideas that have popped up in cities across B.C. might take root everywhere.

TransLink Border Tax Should Be Deported

Jordan Bateman | Posted 02.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

In a year where TransLink apologists seemed to throw every possible tax grab -- sales tax hikes, vehicle levies, road pricing, carbon tax -- at the wall to see if anything would stick, one idea stood above the rest for its sheer ludicrousness. The envelope please..

Could a B.C. Government Worker Actually Grow the Economy?

Jordan Bateman | Posted 02.01.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

It's an all-too-regular occurrence in this province. Government employees, whipped up by their union leaders, marching against whatever economic development opportunity is being proposed. Pipelines to the coast? Opposed. Gas exploration? Opposed. Companies creating investment revenue for pensions? Opposed. New mine? Opposed. Coal exports? Opposed. But what if government employees had a direct financial stake in the economy doing better than expected? Would they be more willing to consider ways to grow the economy? It's an interesting premise, and one the B.C. government will test in the next round of collective bargaining.