I find the term "think-tank" objectionable. It implies collective intelligence, reason and unprejudiced examinations of subjects that need careful and broad minded consideration. Only a fool imagines most organizations pretending to be think tanks even aspire to meet these standards. They are typically echo chambers for their sponsoring organizations.
Of course, most represent right wing groups of wealthy individuals and businesses. A survey of journalists in Washington DC concluded that influential conservative think tanks outnumbered progressives by 14 to 1. In Canada, right wing advocates may not predominate in the same proportion but they're close.
The Vancouver Sun publishes material from these groups as if they are adjuncts. Here are a few:
- The Fraser Institute
- Canadian Taxpayers Federation,
- Canadian Federation of Independent Business
- Independent Contractors and Businesses Association
- C.D. Howe Institute
- Conference Board of Canada
- Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
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