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Monday, July 12, 2010

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights tells Wpg taxman "Talk to the Hand"

Tut, tut, tut.... what have we here?

We should have expected this from Winnipeg's biggest panhandler, millionaire moocher Gail Asper. Actually, in fact, we did. Which is why we checked.

Her pet project, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, has stiffed the City of Winnipeg for $360,000 in property taxes.

You paid your taxes. You scrimped here and saved there, and by June 30 you paid your fair share. But the CMHR apparently doesn't believe it has to contribute to the roads, water lines, policing, and recreation services provided by Winnipeg.

The museum had no problem finding the money to send their Chief Operating Officer Patrick O'Reilly to London and Copenhagen, New York City and Philadelphia, Paris and Bilbao, Spain, all over Australia, Toronto, Chicago, and Ottawa for meetings and visits to museums and conferences and more meetings.

Or to pay for his lunches at Rae & Jerry's and Stella's and Hy's Steakhouse and Earls and Falafel Place; and that's just in Winnipeg.

Nor did they need a tag day to finance CEO Stuart Murray's trips to Los Angeles and San Francisco, Philadelphia and Washington, Toronto and Montreal and Ottawa where he met with senior government officials and had dinner with CEO's of other national museums, and a Senator and made a presentation to a Senate committee. Murray engaged in public policy at Hy's and Inferno's Bistro, and in museum business at Chamberlyn's Restaurant and Lounge, Stella Osteria in Ottawa, and Sassafraz in Toronto, all on the museum's bill.

But city taxes? We're a little skint, you know.

So the tax bill went into the dumpster.

Gail Asper, who recently got back to Canada from "a historic pilgrimage to Poland to pay our respects to the the victims of the Nazi Holocaust", along with museum board member Yude Henteleff, isn't worried about taxes. She expects the City of Winnipeg to waive them--- and the 1.25 percent a month in penalties.

After all, she's Gail Asper.

In the words of her New York counterpart, Leona Helmsley:
"We don't pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes..."

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