A week ago, the Canadian Taxpayer Federation (CTF) was issuing alarmist press releases across Canada, claiming that taxes and medical premiums were rising dramatically in 2011. In this region, they claimed that BC taxpayers were hurt more than any others in Canada. As stenographic journalists, the uncritical mainstream media merely repeated the reports untested.
Ethical analysts assemble facts and draw conclusions based on objective evidence. The CTF, as demonstrated in the recent case, turns that methodology upside down. They start with the conclusion that all public programs are misguided and all government revenues are inappropriate. Their ‘research’ is aimed at gathering information supporting the conclusions held at the beginning.
CTF uses faulty analysis because they are paid to market a particular point of view. If the CTF was merely concerned about error, waste and inefficiency in the public sector, they would react publicly to remarks of the BC Auditor General that the Liberal government is inaccurately reporting expenditures and debts involving energy sector companies. This is from the AG’s new report:
“. . . oil and natural gas producer’s royalty credits are inappropriately being netted from revenue rather than being reported as expenses. Second, government is not recording liabilities for deep-well credits owed to oil and gas producers.”
The province’s moves are aimed at misleading the public. At a time when nearly every community based social program has been under severe financial pressure, the Liberals were giving millions to wealthy oil and gas producers but didn’t want citizens to be truthfully informed.
If the Canadian Taxpayer Federation was honestly motivated, they would be issuing press releases decrying this economic fraud.