Who is Scott Hennig?

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Probably not the next John Galt…

After being bombarded with a welter of videos from the Canadian Taxpayers Federation today, I got a little curious about Scott Hennig — the youngish fellow with the trendy glasses appearing in many of the CTF’s “news” stories. Who is this guy and why should I value his opinion, I wondered.

Well, he’s the Alberta director of the Taxpayers Federation it turns out, and prior to that he had a brief career as a speechwriter for the provincial conservative government in Alberta (and possibly a hack paid to insert compelling words in the mouth of Stephen Harper). Aside from that… not much of anything it seems.

That’s right; the animated spokesbot persistently speaking out to any camera with an operating battery in it, supposedly on behalf of the little guy, the “average” taxpayer and the hardscrabble small businessman (or woman), appears to have gone pretty much on a smooth glide-path from the Halls of Academe (well, the home of the aptly-named “Butterdome” and leafy grounds of the University of Alberta anyway) to a well-appointed, air-conditioned sinecure located in the heart of Edmonton’s rather antiseptic corridor of hideous architectural travesties known as “the government district.”

These days, when not professionally moaning to the so-called “liberal media” about taxes of all sorts, according to his official bio, he’s also a founding member of the Fort Saskatchewan Urban Forest Committee. What’s that you ask? Shockingly, you will be entirely un-amazed to learn that it’s one of numerous worthy public relations community initiatives Shell Oil is involved with — presumably to deflect hostile criticism of its nearby Scotford heavy oil upgrader and monoethylene glycol production facilities.

It may further un-surprise you to learn that Hennig is friends with Stephen Taylor and is also part of his recently formulated, rapidly budding right-wing Twitsphere of reactionary dolts. Evidently, a 142 jabbering dunderheads are already “following” Mr. Hennig for some completely unknown reason.

Update: Canadian Cynic draws a parallel.

25 Replies to “Who is Scott Hennig?”

  1. …possibly a hack paid to insert compelling words in the mouth of Stephen Harper …

    …the most compelling of which have so far been “a”, “the”, and “for”…

    [He] appears to have gone pretty much on a smooth glide-path from the Halls of Academe… to a well-appointed, air-conditioned sinecure located in the… “the government district.”

    Thus, he’s already replicated 80% of Stephen Harper’s curriculum vitae. Good for him.

    If he continues to avoid having to do real work, he just might be CPC leadership material one day.

    It’s nice to see that you’ve got a sense of humour…

    I’m fairly sure Mr. Hennig comes here for serious discourse. If he wanted humour, he could have read one of his own press releases.

  2. That list on rightoftwitter is invaluable. It’ll make it a lot easier to round ’em up when the time comes.

  3. SF — There does seem to be a pattern of sorts here, no? The CVs of Hennig and Harper are not that dissimilar.

    One could take a much closer look at that of Kevin Gaudet and be quite highly amused as well.

  4. It’ll make it a lot easier to round ‘em up when the time comes.

    Why wait?

    I’m thinking more along the lines of Shindler’s List these days.

    You know I love you, Ti, and I can usually give you a run for your money when it comes to coruscating commentary, but let’s not say anything that could get Red dragged in front of an HRC. Come to my place for that kind of filth… 😉

    Unless I’m very much mistaken, the last thing Red needs right now is a lawsuit. As for me, I would just ignore it…

  5. But seriously, how many of these people who appoint themselves “spokespeople for the little guy” are anything even remotely like “the little guy”?

    The whole CTF is riddled with them.

    It’s funny, the CTF has appointed itself and this Canadian usually disagrees with everything they say… or at the bare minimum I seem to be one of the few people who get what cuts in taxes actually mean.

    If you asked most people “would you like a tax cut?” They are mostly going to say “yes”. If you asked them “would you like a tax cut, even if it meant that a bunch of services that you and your neighbors rely on will be cut as well?” I’m going to guess that all but the wealthy are going to answer “no”.

    So the CTF should rename itself to something like “The Wealthy Canadian Taxpayers Federation”

  6. You know I love you, Ti, and I can usually give you a run for your money when it comes to coruscating commentary, but let’s not say anything that could get Red dragged in front of an HRC.

    What? I’m talking about saving the wingnuts. Either by employing them in phony manufacturing plants or hiding them in attics.

    Whatever it’ll take to have a movie of the week produced based on my life.

    Heh. Just kidding. Of course I want them interned.

  7. SF — No, the last thing I need at the moment is a lawsuit. Although that seems to be a rather profitable revenue-generating tactic for some. But no… in reality, I don’t want that.

    Thankfully, we’ve driven this comment thread quite immediately into the realm of facetious comedy, so there’s likely not much probable chance of that.

  8. Either by employing them in phony[sic] manufacturing plants or hiding them in attics.

    And that would differ from their current lives how, exactly?

    If the CTF is not a phoney manufacturing plant nor an attic, I don’t know what is.

  9. And that would differ from [sic] their current lives how, exactly?

    They’d know they were being oppressed, which I believe will in fact make them happier.

  10. A tune keeps running through my head …

    “Nobody DOES it better …”

    Thanks, RT. I get royally p*#ssed off when CTF is invited on TV to pundit. Yech!

  11. Re “Heh. Just kidding. Of course I want them interned.”

    And here I thought it was going to be you and yours who get marched out to the fields to get your hands dirty. 😉

    Red, re the personality wars, good for you to go after a harmless beancounter. Is it more of a challenge to pluck wings off a fly? It wasn’t exactly a great week last week re propping personalities. You’re batting .000 with having hoisted the circus freak Garofalo and the neo-Machiavellian Lam as stalwart examples of liberal character, decency, intellect, backbone, etc.

  12. re lawsuits for filthy lucre scheme.

    I wonder — since Ezra is still suing Merle Terlesky – if he’s using the money from his punters to finance THAT lawsuit as well as his defence for the Warman libel suit.

    Maybe that’s the reason nobody is getting an accounting of how much Ezra’s raised so far.
    Speaking of which – Terlesky still needs to raise $5000 to defend himself from Ezra’s frivolous suit.

  13. You suck at your research. He’s done tons of other governmenty, political things in his past. If you’re gonna piss all over him, know who you’re pissing on.

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