Feds penny-pinched on science libraries while lavishing funds on religion and oil
Beginning in 2008 — at the height of the global financial crisis — the federal government spent over $20 million on Christian religious groups and schools, including $495,600 for the Wycliffe Bible Translators in Langley, B.C. and $3.7 million transferred from federal funds to “Youth for Christ” in Winnipeg. It also set up a $20 million "Office for Religious Freedom" and has been spending public funds to promote "religious freedom" in countries like Nigeria.
Feds poured $2 million into a fake lake in preparation for the 2010 G20 summit in Toronto and $15 million into the Canada School for Energy and Environment, which is accused of being a "one man advocacy centre" for former PMO staffer Bruce Carson, who is now on trial for alleged influence peddling and illegal lobbying.
It rewarded senior government bureaucrats across several ministries with large bonuses for under spending their budgets, and even considered buying 20,000 custom-printed stress balls for staffers at the Department of National Defence.
Yet as the federal government lavished funds in these areas, it subjected many of its departments to a “strategic review” that demanded they find ways to slash millions of dollars from the federal budget.
And more than 10 federal departments closed or consolidated their libraries as part of the government’s Deficit Action Reduction Plan (DRAP), which downsized the budgets of most federal agencies between five and 10 per cent. Librarians were fired, book shelves were gutted, and thousands of volumes of literature were left in the dump.