Here's my evidence: (thread)
This becomes important later on.
Another name change a year later to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.
It made different membership classes w different rights. Only “Ordinary Members” could go to AGMs, elect a board, view financials, etc. Other membership classes got a newsletter & whatnot.
@jkenney was president and CEO.
This gave the CTF the ability to cut out its grassroots. It became an Astroturf organization at this point.
Here's an email from the VP Operations at the time.
You should read it: https://albertapolitics.ca/2016/10/taxpayers-federations-true-astro-turf-nature-finally-worms-way-public-consciousness/
PHOTOS: Canadian Taxpayers Federation Communications VP Scott Hennig at the 2013 Manning Conference in Ottawa, the annual spring bean-fest for right-wing activists organized by Preston Manning’s...https://albertapolitics.ca/2016/10/taxpayers-federations-true-astro-turf-nature-finally-worms-way-public-consciousness/
The Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation has been around since the late 1980s, selling itself as a populist “citizens advocacy group” looking to cut waste and ensure accountability in government. But does...https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/canadian-taxpayer-federation-opinion-lamont-1.3802441
But why does it matter?
@jkenney is the Premier and the former lead flack of the group.
Unsurprisingly, CTF quotes now appear regularly in gov't news releases lauding the Kenney gov't moves.
If notable CTF non-members @franco_nomics or @awudrick would like to offer counterpoints, please offer them up.
He's now the Finance Minister's Chief of Staff (lol)
Atta boy, John. You done good!
Seems legit... https://twitter.com/ProgressAlberta/status/1199427335226896385
A gov't lawyer asked to postpone a constitutional challenge of the election finance law brought by the @taxpayerDOTcom.
Great reporting by @charlesrusnell and @jennierussell_ here.
This is concerning.
An Alberta government lawyer’s arguments in court last week signal the United Conservative government intends to quietly weaken the province’s election finance law, in a move that would be “very...https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/election-finance-law-very-concerning-1.5374804