WINNIPEG – Half a million dollars from the province and Ottawa will help Winnipeg’s Maple Leaf Foods boost bacon production.
It’s all a part of the company’s $35-million expansion of the local plant.
But the Canadian Taxpayers Federation’s Todd MacKay tells 680 CJOB it’s a waste of taxpayer money.
“Maple Leaf doesn’t need the money. This is a $35-million dollar project so this is about 1.4 per cent of the total bill for that project. They would have done it anyway.”
The $500,000 will go towards beefing up bacon production, adding another 17.5 million pounds of production each year.
“They took this money because it was on the table. They took it because we left it there and let them have it,” MacKay says. “The reality is they would have gone ahead and made these investments and created these jobs regardless. The only question is how much poorer do the taxpayers need to be.”
The plant expansion will also add 68 new full and part-time jobs to the labour market.