Waste: The Trudeau Government Bought 31,000 Smartphones In March

Instead of saving leftover money or returning it to the taxpayers, they blew it all on a bunch of phones.

Justin Trudeau says Veterans are asking for too much.

Yet, the supposedly ‘cash-strapped’ federal government bought 31,000 smartphones in March alone.

The money was ‘left over,’ having not been spent during the fiscal year up until that point. So, instead of allocate it towards departments that could use more money (Veterans Affairs, Defence), or instead of returning it to the taxpayers, the government blew all of it on tens of thousands of smartphones instead.

The practice is called ‘March Madness,’ where government departments spend all previously unspent department funds – just for the sake of spending it.

‘March Madness’ was banned by Tony Clement when he was the Treasury Board President in the Conservative government, though some bureaucrats arrogantly ignored the order. Now, the Trudeau government has brought it back with a vengeance.

According to a recent report, “Twenty-seven departments and agencies participated in the bulk order last month, which was valued at $21.5 million, taking into account a $6 million volume discount from Bell Mobility. Android devices, such as the Samsung S7 and S8 smartphones, made up about 80 per cent of the order. About 20 per cent was for iOS devices — Apple iPhones. Three departments — Privy Council Office, Industry and SSC — together ordered 1,800 iPhone 8 models.”

The final order cost $23 million when ‘accessories’ were included.

So, not only did the government buy tens of thousands of smartphones, but they’re buying some of the newest, most expensive phones they can get, showing contempt for the taxpayers who are really paying the bills.

As Clement said, “This is an ongoing cultural issue in Ottawa where, when March 31 occurs, people use it as an opportunity to access the taxpayers’ piggy bank and initiate a bonanza. This thing spreads like wildfire through the whole bureaucracy … They just spend the money because they can.”

This is why we need actual punishments for wasting taxpayer dollars. Participating in the ‘March Madness’ binge should be a firing offense for top bureaucrats, as only a strong hand and real consequences will send the message that taxpayers must be respected.

There should also be a far better system of accountability when taxpayer dollars are spent. The technology exists to make sure that everything bought on the taxpayers credit card can be instantly uploaded to a public website in real-time. Aside from a few sensitive departments (national security for example), there’s no reason we shouldn’t be able to see exactly what is being spent as it’s being spent.

After all, it’s our money the Trudeau government is spending, and we have the right to know exactly what it’s being used for.

Spencer Fernando

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Jill Ward
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Jill Ward

I’m sure canadians don’t mind . After all they haven’t said a thing about anything else he has done to us and now there isn’t much left he can do to us because WE ARE DONE- AS IS CANADA!!
CONGRATULATIONS CANADIANS!! YOU LOSE!!!

Canucklen
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Canucklen

… liberal pigs at the trough, and we’re expecting them to back away??
Remember the saying “He’s just not ready”?
Do you believe it NOW ???

Don
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Don

Wow what a waste of taxpayers money when ESPECIALLY THE CANADIAN MILITARY COD HAVE USED THAT MONEY FOR MYCH NEEDED EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES. THE TRUDEAU GOVERNMENT AND ALL HIS LIBERAL YAHOOS NEED TO BE KICKED OUT ASAP. TRUDEAU IS A WASTE OF CANADIAN TAXPAYERS MONEY.

Del
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Del

Trudeau and his Liberal elitist’s are getting more disgusting every day. It just gets worse and worse.

Managers and Department Heads should be rewarded and commended for coming in under budget. This wasteful practice simply encourages Departments to overestimate their budgets so they can waste at the end of the year rather than returning the extra back to the taxpayers.

Christine
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Christine

This waste at the federal government is VERY SHAMEFUL. The bureaucrats have above average salaries and benefits compared to the private industry. Now to do a March bonanza and buy 31,000 useless smart phones is adding to injury and insult. The Liberals at the federal government as so irresponsible that they are like a bunch of high school students who cant even count 1+1 =2. Their atttitude shows that they do think 1+1 =3 and they take 2. The Libs said everywhere they were bringing 25,000 Syrians plus the 5, 600 something illegal trespasser immigrants. Would that be for them?… Read more »

peter
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Smart move. It’s another 30 k votes in the bag for him.

bj stewart
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bj stewart

they are having a blast. Let it be. The party is coming to an end eternally. Liberalism and spiritualism does not mix so one has to go. See ya.

TARA
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TARA

I could have used a phone…did they all go to the Refugees first?

russ browne
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russ browne

It’s Trudeau giving a big F U finger to the taxpayers, meanwhile the debt continues to climb, rember to pay your income taxes so the turd can waste them on he and his buddies. Crime Minister

Bob Fry
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Bob Fry

Unfortunately this spending money left over from your budget is not unique to Government or Big Business. Spend the money or your following year budget goes down, What a disgraceful way to spend taxpayers money. Preston Manning and The Reform Party, political platform was that the government in power had to run a balanced budget. What a Novel idea. Exceeding the budget the Government had to dissolve and call a general election. If additional money was required for special circumstances then they went to the Parliament and put in a request. for additional funds that the opposition had to approve.… Read more »

Don Lammle
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Don Lammle

So many things wrong with this Trudeau government! Stupid things like this just keep popping up every day, all costing us millions. No control on the border and no intentions to correct the problem. Where will this end?

Tommy Hawk
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This no more and no less than what can be expected when you give the ‘spoiled child’ the keys to the car and the house while you go on holidays.

Almost everything ‘they’ do can be traced to the above syndrome.

Hector
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Hector

Could at least bought blackberry’s at supported a Canadian company

Glen Bailey
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Glen Bailey

Why oh why don’t the opposition demand his resignation????

Rick Hickson
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Rick Hickson

Trudeau must be taking a lesson from Wynn. Spend what do don’t have and don’t worry about the next generation who will have to pay it back