Directors and staff claim to be non-partisan but come almost exclusively from the Conservative Party's right wing and founders included old bible-thumpers, Reform Party members and people allied with western separatist movements. Financial support originates with the usual mega-corporations, libertarians and social conservative spear carriers that also fund the:
- Fraser Institute,
- the Manning Centre,
- Frontier Centre for Public Policy,
- Atlantic Institute for Market Studies
- the Institute for Marriage and Family,
- Institute for Canadian Values,
- Cardus (formerly the Work Research Foundation),
"According to the CTF, a B.C. family of four with a single-income earner who makes $35,000 a year — receiving a 1.8-per-cent raise to account for inflation — will pay $384 more for health, CPP and EI premiums in 2011, the biggest increase for this demographic."
Update, Dec. 29, 2010 9:00 pm
The Federation's so-called study is the direct result of statistical gymnastics aimed at deceiving readers. They are trying to choose income levels that would result in the mythical family losing part of its medical premium assistance because of slightly higher income. However, their example misses the fact that subsidies are based on "adjusted net income" which provides $9,000 in dependent deductions from the family's gross income. Whether the families medical premiums assistance changes or not requires a calculation specific to their individual circumstances.
It is dishonest and foolish to choose one very specific situation and claim it can be extrapolated to report, as the Vancouver Sun did, "British Columbians will see their after-tax income shrink more than anyone else in Canada."
I pointed out errors to the newspaper writers credited with this article, although it may have been prepared directly by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. As is the Vancouver Sun`s habit, they made no correction or acknowledgment. Nor did they defend their erroneous work. Perhaps, this is worth an inquiry with the British Columbia Press Council. - Read update -
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