Former PM Paul Martin to address Vancouver taxpayers conference
Former Prime Minister Paul Martin responds to questions from reporters before attending a panel discussion on indigenous education at Trent University's Gzowski College in Peterborough. (Clifford Skarstedt/Peterborough Examiner/Postmedia Network file photo)
Former Canadian prime minister Paul Martin will be among the speakers at the World Taxpayers Conference in Vancouver over the weekend, as well as other Canadian political heavyweights and personalities.
The international conference was called one of the largest of its kind in the history of the organization and brings 200 delegates from 45 taxpayer federations around the world together.
Outgoing secretary-general and founder of the WTA Bjorn Tarras Wahlberg said the organization aims to fight creeping tax hikes around the world.
“Taxpayers need protection,” Tarras Wahlberg said to reporters before launching into a story about a member who had products seized by the government in the Ukraine. “(Taxpayer federations) will help you if you are a member.”
Despite its past criticism of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation from the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, prominent CBC commentator Rex Murphy will be giving the closing speech to the conference.
Martin, who was prime minister and finance minister for the federal Liberal government, will talk about how he delivered five consecutive budget surpluses and reduced the federal debt by $81.4 billion.
Former federal Conservative party leader Stockwell Day will also address the conference.