Premier Brad Wall lending his name and title to what appears to be a Canada West Foundation membership drive in Saskatoon
This is not just any dinner. It’s the “Premier Brad Wall Dinner.” And for $175 you can join the Bradster at the swanky Delta Bessborough Hotel on November 6, 2009, as he helps the right-wing think tank Canada West Foundation (CWF) celebrate the opening of its new regional office in Saskatoon.
“Together we can be the voice of the dreams, hopes and frustrations of
Each guest purchasing a ticket will automatically become a Friend of the CWF.
And for those with $2,500 burning a hole in their pocket they can purchase a table. This includes:
– Preferred seating for eight guests with one member of the CWF board
– Name recognition in program and all dinner related promotional materials
– Option to put any gifts or promotional material on dinner tables or insert in gift bags (one for each in attendance)
– One year membership to Canada West Foundation
CWF staff said in an e-mail on October 7 that any proceeds generated from the dinner will go towards the organization’s research work.
What we seem to have here is Premier Brad Wall lending his name and the power of his title to what is little more than a membership drive masquerading as a networking event to raise funds so the think tank can continue to churn out its conservative and business friendly reports.
There’s not much different from Wall’s pimping for the CWF to what Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty did earlier this year.
On June 19, the finance minister hosted a private dinner at the exclusive Albany Club in
Flaherty reportedly circulated a letter inviting rich
The finance minister said
So far there have been no reports of Wall or his staff sending out letters urging people to attend the dinner in
So who’s the title sponsor of Wall’s chow down? Why, it’s an oil company of course: PetroBakken, a Calgary-based light oil exploration and production company focused on the Bakken formation in southeastern
According to an October 3, 2009, Leader-Post article the company is the result of a recent merger between Petrobank Energy and Resources Ltd.’s Canadian business unit and TriStar Oil & Gas Ltd.
And in case you didn’t know both Petrobank and TriStar are just two of the many Calgary-based energy industry corporations that have contributed more than $1.17-million to the Saskatchewan Party since 1998.
Also a member of that exclusive club is N. Murray Edwards, whom the
Listed as funders and sponsors of the CWF are EnCana Corporation, Saskatchewan Enterprise & Innovation, SaskEnergy, Shell Canada Limited, City of Regina, City of Saskatoon, Suncor Energy Foundation, Suncor Energy Inc., and TransAlta Corporation.
Last but not least is CanWest Global Communications Corp. who contributed $500-$999. CanWest owns the Leader-Post and StarPhoenix, with the latter extending special treatment to the CWF and its president, Roger Gibbins, by publishing his numerous op-eds, sometimes twice a month. The most recent examples of this are July 17 & 23 and September 11 & October 1.
Prior to joining the CWF, Gibbins — who will be at Wall’s dinner — was a professor of political science at the University of Calgary and part of a group known as the Calgary School, which included Barry Cooper, Tom Flanagan, Rainer Knopff, David Bercuson, Robert Mansell and Ted Morton. Prime Minister Stephen Harper is their friend and their colleague. At one time, they were his mentors. [Educating Stephen (The Globe and Mail, June 26, 2004)]
In 1991, Gibbins was an adviser to Constitutional Affairs Minister Joe Clark in Brian Mulroney’s despised Tory government. [
The scary thing is with high profile elected officials now blatantly aligning themselves with certain think-tanks Canadians at some point might not be to tell who’s running the country.