CTPF Against the UPass
I just heard a short statement on the CBC this morning that the Canadian Tax Payers Federation(CTPF) is against the subsidized transit passes sold to highschool and university students. Their reasoning is that some kids have been found to be selling their bus passes on Craigslist. The CTPF describes this as perfectly rational behaviour, to be expected, and call for the ending of this unfair subsidization. You see, for the program to work the government pitches in some money and the bus company requires that all students buy the pass at the discounted price. So even if some students use it more than other or some students don’t use the pass at all there is still enough money coming in to pay for everyone. In case the CTPF isn’t familiar with the concept, its called a social contract. Everyone is forced to pay in order for the cost to be lower for everyone. It works in lots of systems where almost everyone receives the benefits of the system and the cost isn’t extraordinarily high, just like paying taxes. Of course, I guess that is what the CTPF is against in princple. Frankly, I don’t know why they get to spout their views, uncontested on a news story as if they are some kind of vangaurd of representation for the people of Canada.
Who is the Canadian Tax Payers Federation? I’m a Canadian Tax Payer, I’ve never received a membership letter from them or helped to select their members. They should be honest and call themselves the Canadian Anti-tax Federation. Lots of people would still support them but at least then it wouldn’t lend undue legitimacy by sounding like that a union that all Canadians pay dues into.
Oh, I but I guess they’d be against union dues too, woulnd’t they?