Gov. Rick Scott Pretends His Vacation To Canada Brought A Company To Boca Raton

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Rick Scott, out doing Canada stuff
For Gov. Rick Scott's charade of the day, he's championing the move of a Canadian company's U.S. headquarters to Boca Raton -- a move that was nearly cemented before the governor even took office.

While the foundation for the deal was set before Scott became governor, it was only days after he assumed office that the Palm Beach County Commission gave preliminary approval of a $210,000 incentive package to move the U.S. headquarters of Garda -- a private security company -- from Pasadena, California, to Boca Raton.

Shortly thereafter, the state and Boca Raton agreed to put up the rest of the incentive money, totaling the company's request.

The governor is now halfway through his five-day "Canada Trade Mission," and all he has done is announce a deal that was made six months ago.

The press release from Scott's office happens to ignore the fact that a deal existed before Scott went to his trip:

"This announcement speaks volumes about the strides we are taking to create the best business environment in the U.S.," the governor says. "Many companies here in Canada have expressed their desire to do business with Florida because of our excellent business climate and commitment to cut taxes and grow jobs - proof that we are capturing the attention of the business community worldwide."

Meanwhile, the governor is getting closer to his seven-year goal of creating 700,000 jobs in Florida -- Garda is bringing in 100 jobs to the state at an average salary of $65,000, which it expects to have filled by 2013.

One could suggest he's still in the negatives for job creation, since his budget signing nixed 4,500 jobs from state government.

Have fun on vacation governor; send us a postcard.


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tel aviv apartment rentals

for him he had his trip related to his job its hard for us to judge his trip its not easy for him to have this kind of trip

Johntri13
Johntri13

Gov Scott must resign, he is destroying Florida

The people that elected him, I hope they are the most effected financilly

Paulbilodeau
Paulbilodeau

Scotts trip did not even make any news in Canada, only stupid republicans export  jobs somewhere else. I defy anyone to find an article in a canadisn newspaper...What a great investment that was...lets get to work, scott......

Anaximenes
Anaximenes

most waste and fraud by crooked politicians taking expensive vacations using taxpayer money

JohnNFlorida
JohnNFlorida

Scott must be planning more attacks on workers:Garda's specialized labour dispute professionals have managed hundreds of strikes across Canada. Garda has the know-how in managing sensitive issues and the necessary personnel trained to deal with crisis situations. We are able to provide a dedicated and structured team on site to help you manage any situation during a labour dispute in addition to providing you with sound security consulting services. We help you:

Protect installations and executivesManage disgruntled employees and mitigate criminal misconductAvoid vandalismAvoid public scandal

A B Beachmom
A B Beachmom

Sure Canadians want to come to Florida for the climate - as in the weather sunshine climate, not necessarily because of our excellent business climate. And who says a company will hire Floridians for the jobs when they relocate from Canada? No doubt the top jobs will go to Canadians already in the company who are looking forward to our sun and surf. So Garda is a Canadian company already in the US, just moving from Pasadena to Boca? AVERAGE salary of $65,000 for 100 employees? That can easily mean that the top 5 guys each make a million and the other 95 employees make just under 16,000. Oooh, nice. Plus, who says they are gong to hire Floridians? They might just relocate a bunch of their employees from Pasadena or from Canadian offices.

ted maguire
ted maguire

gov. scott needs to get out of politics, before he destroys the great state of florida.

Tired of politics
Tired of politics

politicians always take credit for the positives things that happen while they are in office - whether they had anything to do with them or not.  This is just the way it goes.....

Mozool
Mozool

The only difference between crud and this guy is that he is crud with a few more bucks in the bank!

Discusted
Discusted

The so called "governor" should stay in Canada ... they have free health care, no guns and they are very civilized people also. It is time for the governor to be exposed to those things.

Paul William Scott
Paul William Scott

Take a lesson from Canadians... save FL $51 mil per year by burying the fruitless Death Penalty farce.

DannyKSRQ
DannyKSRQ

Dear Governor Scott: Why not really help the jobs situation in Florida. Don't come home.

Scott4
Scott4

Don't forget the future jobs he killed when he killed high speed rail.

Puzzled
Puzzled

Why on earth would a private security company want to come here from Canada? Don't we have enough of these already? Don't they know how much it will cost them to provide health insurance for their employees? Oh well, at least they'll have plenty of ex-state correctional officers to choose from. Wait----maybe that's what they're after.

Guest
Guest

He should be tested for drugs and alcohol. We don't want tax dollars supporting the governors binges. 

R. D. M.
R. D. M.

please find out how much this trip cost us

Guest
Guest

There in private business, being successful is a good thing.  

Guest
Guest

Living in poverty for years while the rest of the country recovers.

Azzychan
Azzychan

Actually, guns are common in Canada. People just use them to hunt though.

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