How to Start a Group

Fighting for Taxpayers: Battles Fought & Battles Ahead

Section: How to Start a Group / Members Highlights
4 June 2017 | Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) / Canada

Canada

Written by CTF President Troy Lanigan, the book explores the early beginnings of the CTF in the late 1980s when citizen activists who organized “Axe the Tax” rallies to oppose the GST came to understand that as long as taxpayers were reacting to government decisions, nothing would change. Canadian taxpayers, they realized, needed a permanent, proactive and independent voice to counterbalance the inertia of big government.

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Canadian Taxpayer Federation: Municipal Ratepayers Guide

Section: How to Start a Group / Members Highlights
4 June 2017 | Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) / Canada

Canada

Canada has roughly 4,000 municipal governments from coast-to-coast-to-coast; and while the CTF keeps tabs on several large cities, one organization cannot be a watchdog for every single one of them. It’s up to concerned citizens across the country to accept a leadership role in “watch-dogging” their local government.

Forming a municipal ratepayers association (RPA) within a community is the first step towards productively channeling concern about high taxes, wasteful government spending and a lack of accountability into positive outcomes. Getting organized can be both fun and rewarding, but success will require determination, patience and as this guidebook’s existence implies, some advice.

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