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Bell: Calgary city hall, how much DO you get paid?

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Even Sherlock Holmes couldn’t solve the many mysteries of Calgary city hall.

Agatha Christie couldn’t possibly write about the foggy maze nicknamed the big blue playpen. The place is just too unbelievable for fiction.

And yet too many Calgarians accept it. Tax dollars pay for this theatre of the absurd, this financial whodunit. Year after year after painful year.

On Wednesday, Colin Craig, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation’s point man in these parts, talks about Calgary having one of the priciest pension plans for city politicians.

Way more than Vancouver or Edmonton or Ottawa or Winnipeg. Of the ten biggest cities, it appears we’re the only one to offer its mayor two pensions.

Yes, we are world class when it comes to spending.

Craig has all kinds of facts and figures but to get to the numbers he had to do a lot of crunching.

Pull out five city reports, make a ton of calculations and file a freedom of information request asking exactly the right questions.

Now who is going to go through that rigamarole?

“Most people aren’t going to know how to jump through those hoops. It’s........

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