Wynne well deserves her 'Teddy' award
In the life of any ill-conceived government program there comes a moment when it "jumps the shark" into utter absurdity.
The phrase refers to a 1977 episode of the TV series Happy Days, when Fonzie, played by Henry Winkler, jumps over a shark while water-skiing, marking the popular sitcom's descent into farce.
In politics, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation marks examples of government spending "jumping the shark" with its annual Teddy Awards, named for a former federal appointee fired for submitting dubious expense claims.
Last week, the CTF awarded a well-deserved Teddy to Ontario's Liberal government, headed by Premier Kathleen Wynne, for its Ontario Electric Vehicle Incentive Program.
The program has given out $14 million in subsidies over the past six years to buyers of luxury electric vehicles, such as Teslas, in the $70,000 to $150,000 range.
These absurd subsidies -- given that people who can afford to spend up to $150,000 on a car don't need up to $14,000 from the public to do so -- are a small part of the Liberals' ill-fated climate change action program.
The wider program has cost Ontarians billions of dollars, spent on dubious and ineffective schemes.
The CTF also awarded the Wynne government a "Lifetime Achievement Teddy", in recognition of its disastrous green energy plan, which it keeps doubling down on even as the provincial auditor general criticizes it for runaway waste.
That has sent electricity prices skyrocketing, forcing growing numbers of Ontarians into energy poverty, where they face choices such as buying food or paying their electricity bills.
All this while the government pays billions of dollars for expensive and unreliable wind and solar power, which often has to be sold at a loss to Quebec and the U.S. because Ontario has a massive energy surplus -- caused in part by high electricity prices, which gutted the manufacturing sector.
The one benefit the Wynne government claims from this -- that it eliminated Ontario's use of polluting, greenhouse gas-emitting, coal-fired electricity -- was actually achieved with nuclear and natural gas power, not wind and solar, which have turned into massive boondoggles.
None of which is to mention Ontario's cap and trade carbon pricing scheme, poised to add hundreds of dollars to the average Ontario family's cost of living, starting this year.