Members Highlights

Here is where members update one another with their latest news and campaigns.

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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The Macron Magic: It Will Not Last

Section: Members Highlights / WTA Blog
26 May 2017 | Contribuables Associés / France

France

Unknown only three years ago, Emmanuel Macron ascended to the presidency of the French Republic without the support of a single traditional political party. An advisor and later a government minister to a very unpopular President, not only he benefited from circumstances that expelled his main rivals from the race, but he also seduced the French people with the charm of his smile and youth. What got him elected, then, was a real “tour de magie”, a magic trick.

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