Beware the Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Hi Frank,

Thanks for the heads-up. I will read the original.

Your voice is an important one; keep using it!

All the best to you both.

Cheers,

Peter

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From: Gue Frank [mailto:frank.gue@cogeco.ca]
Sent: Wednesday, July 08, 2015 5:57 PM
To: Whom it may concern
Subject: Fwd: “Beware the Canadian Taxpayers Federation”, today’s Spec

From: Gue Frank <frank.gue@cogeco.ca>

Subject: “Beware the Canadian Taxpayers Federation”, today’s Spec  

Date: July 8, 2015 at 6:44:08 PM EDT

To: letters@thespec.com

Date:          8 July 15

By:             Frank Gue, B.Sc., MBA,  P.Eng.,

2252 Joyce St.,

Burlington, ON L7R 2B5

905 634 9538   frank.gue@cogeco.ca

For:           Letters to the editor, The Spec.

Re:            “Beware the Canadian Taxpayers Federation”, today’s Spec

Dear Lee:

According to author Dineen, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) “promotes the type of neo-liberal economic policies that have been eroding Canadian values.”

Setting aside the fact that there isn’t a reliable definition of “neo-liberal” to be found anywhere (which means that the term can mean anything you want it to mean), let us look at a few of the policies that have been “eroding some long-held Canadian social justice values.”

In the CTF’s statement of purpose, they say they are “dedicated to lower taxes, less waste and accountable government.”  My, how dastardly and counter-Canadian that is!

The writer further points out that four of the CTF’s directors have Reform Party roots.  Indeed, at a time when Canadian taxes were in some cases rising at double-digit rates, one of the Reform Party’s founding mantras was, “If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.”  What a non-Canadian, subversive suggestion!

The writer will have you know that the CTF “has links to the Fraser Institute”.  Now that really is dangerous!  The Fraser Institute’s corporate motto is, “If it matters, measure it”.  So they go about measuring results in education, which educators warn against and will not do, refusing even to use the word “results”.  Since educators obviously know best, we must avoid any inputs from the Fraser Institute, such as ” … measuring which government policies improve the lives of Canadians and educating Canadians [non-politically] about those policies” (from their Summer 2015 Quarterly Review).  Presumably the Canadian security agency is keeping an eye on such a subversive element operating right here in Canada.

The ultimate damning of the CTF arises from the fact that some of its members have worked for or with Stephen Harper.  From this one must, of course, conclude that the columnist and his associates are lily-white non-partisan, doubtless never having worked for, nor been members of, any political party.

It is surprising that the columnist missed a chance to blame the CTF for one or two important socio-economic indicators, such as the fact that Canada’s international ranking in education results is mediocre at best despite its huge education budgets; that 53% of Canadians are not up to “pass” grade in literacy per Statistics Canada; or that a newborn Canadian enters life with a $30,000 (or more,  depending on whose numbers you use) government debt hanging around her neck.

And so beware, Canadian citizens, of organizations which, like the CTF, are “dedicated to lower taxes, less waste, and accountable government”.

F.

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