Sure, we’re all entitled to put our hand out for government support in times of need. No question about that. But THESE GUYS*? What a joke.
(Except it’s real. Check for yourself: COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Employer Search)
* We’ve discussed them before, here, a little bit.
UPDATE: Thanks to a reader, I’ve now seen this spiel in which the astroturf lobby group admits abandoning ‘idealogical purity’ and its previous “state[ment] on the record that we would never accept taxpayer funding”.
Like everyone applying for the subsidy, this group would have had to make a declaration that they had experienced, or forecast a 30 percent drop in income. Wow, if so, that happened quick. I guess their donations and sales of souvenirs dried up?
Some useful discussion of this aspect and others, here: sparked by Russell Brown on Twitter (Gosh it would be ironic if this sparked a closer look at this rubbery group’s funding, eh?)
UPDATE 2: This is not a spoof. Well, no more than the whole deceitful schtick the fake/astroturf ‘group’ has run from the beginning. Remember, this is a ‘group’ which runs an opaque (cough) ‘funding model’ (hides its corporate donors and other donors) and has a record of being tardy with fulfilling its public financial reporting obligations as as incorporated society. (As revealed here: Making a pig of it. Jordan Williams has been tardy with his financial reporting obligations).
Anyway, look: a feeble defence, followed by another excellent juxtaposition: