Memo to Kenney: Corporate Mapping Project was approved on Harper's watch - 2019-07-25
It was a disappointing shock to learn of Alberta Premier Jason Kenney's tweet yesterday morning blaming Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for the $2.5-million Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council grant to the Corporate Mapping Project (CMP) that was awarded on former prime minister Stephen Harper's watch in 2015.
"Why did the Trudeau Liberals give $2.5 million to a left-wing special interest group to attack our energy industry?" Premier Kenney tweeted, linking to a freebie article handed over to the Toronto Sun by a couple of Canadian Taxpayers Federation agitators. The SSHRC, for some reason, is a particular bee in the CTF's bonnet.
The CTF op-ed noted the academic study managed by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (and Edmonton's Parkland Institute, it must also be noted) "lists about 100 people as advisers and collaborators, mostly from unions and academic institutions. (Full disclosure: I am one of those people, although I can't recall at the moment if I'm a collaborator or an adviser.)