Among all the secretive and secretly funded think tanks in Canadian politics, surely the most preposterous rationalization is provided by the Montreal Economic Institute:
Although the MEI discloses the amount and the breakdown of its funding, its policy is not to list specific donors. Publishing such a list would give organizations similar to the MEI an opportunity to solicit its donors directly, which is not desirable.
Yeah. Exactly what “organizations similar to the MEI” are there, anyways? There are a half-dozen major free-market think tanks in Canada, they get the lion’s share of their funding from the same sources, and I’m pretty sure that everybody in that privileged circle of wealthy welfare bums and their loyal water-carriers in the think tank sector already knows everybody else. I honestly doubt that the Fraser Institute, say, is desperately trying to poach donors away from its sister institutes, but perhaps I’m underestimating the ruthlessness of these propagandists.
In any case, it’s patently apparent that they also don’t really want us to know, probably coupled with the fact that at least a few donors just want to remain anonymous. So I’m going to perform a public service. I hope that representatives of “organizations similar to the MEI” are reading this list, because I’m about to make my best effort to give you a list that you can use to poach their donors, assuming there are any that aren’t already giving you money anyways.Tweet