Board of Directors & Advisory Council

 Our Board of Directors

Bruce Hallsor
Managing Partner, Crease Harman LLP

BruceHallsoratCABruce Hallsor is the managing partner of Crease Harman LLP, Western Canada’s oldest law firm.  Bruce’s practice includes tax planning and litigation, as well as issues related to electoral law.  Bruce has represented candidates and parties from across the political spectrum, as well as organizations such as the Canadian Taxpayers Federation., Labourwatch, and Fair Voting BC.  Bruce was named among the “Top 40 under 40” for Vancouver Island in 2007.  He also won the Queen’s Golden Jubilee medal for community service in 2002 and the Diamond Jubilee Medal for community service in 2012.

Bruce is currently a director of the Prince Rupert Port Authority, and a member of the Board of the BC College Social Workers.  He is the Chief Electoral Officer for Scouts Canada, and is honourary counsel for Scouts Canada in BC and the Yukon.  Bruce is Chairman of the City of Victoria Board of Variance, and has served on the Saanich Arts Advisory Committee, the Saanich Advisory Design Panel, and the Provincial Child Care Council.  He is a former Chairman of Workstreams Employment Society, a non-profit society which provided employment counseling and life skills services in greater Victoria.  He is co-chair of the Victoria Branch of the Monarchist League of Canada.  Bruce also served as president of Fair Voting BC and as Vice president of Fair Vote Canada.  Bruce led the “yes” side in the 2005 referendum on STV which obtained 58% of the vote province wide.  Bruce is also a past co-chair of the federal conservative party campaign in British Columbia.

Bruce was born and raised in Northern British Columbia, and first came to Victoria to work in the legislature in 1987.  He attended U Vic Law school from 1992 to 1995, and articled at Crease Harman.  In his spare time he volunteers as a soccer coach with Saanich Fusion FC, and as a cub scout leader in Cordova Bay.

Ted Morton
Executive Fellow at The School of Public Policy, University of Calgary

Dr. Morton is currently an Executive Fellow at The School of Public Policy. In 2017 he retired from his position of Professor of Political Science at the University of Calgary, where he taught for 36 years. During this time, he was also a visiting scholar at universities in France, Australia, and North America. From 2013-2017, he was a Senior Fellow, Energy and Environment, at the Manning Foundation for Building Democracy.

Dr. Morton currently serves on the Community Advisory Board of the Alberta Land Institute at the University of Alberta. From 2013-2016, he was on the Board of Governors of the Canadian Council of Academies (Ottawa). Since 2015, Dr. Morton has consulted on Western Canadian energy issues through the US firm Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG). He is a member of the Board of Directors of Yangarra Resources. He has also received several awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award for public service from the Institute for American Universities in Aix-en-Provence, France, and the Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation’s annual “Tax-Fighter Award.”

Dr. Morton was the MLA for Foothills-Rocky View from 2004-2012. During this time, he served as Minister of Energy for the Government of Alberta (2011-12); Minister of Finance (2010); and Minister of Sustainable Resources Development (2006-2009). In 2001, he was the Director of Policy and Research for the Office of the Official Opposition in the Canadian House of Commons. In 1998, he was one of two Albertans elected as an Alberta Senator-in-waiting.

In 2017, he served as a policy advisor to Jason Kenney, the new leader of the United Conservative Party of Alberta and now the Premier of Alberta. Dr. Morton continues to write and speak on issues of public finance, energy and environment, and federal-provincial relations. He is the author and editor of several books, including Law, Politics and the Judicial Process in Canada, first published in 1984, and over fifty scholarly articles.

Bud Smith Q.C.
Lawyer and businessman, former cabinet minister

Bud Smith, Q.C. is a Kamloops lawyer and businessman with interests including engineering, construction and travel. He served in the B.C. provincial cabinet as Attorney General, Minister of Regional Economic Development and was elected MLA for Kamloops from 1986 to 1991. Mr. Smith has served on a number of boards including Canada Post, BC Development Corporation, Prince Rupert Port Authority, the Royal British Columbia Museum, the British Columbia Lottery Corporation, and Ridley Terminals Inc. He graduated from the Universities of Victoria and British Columbia, and has been a lawyer for 44 years. He also served as chief political advisor to B.C. Premier Bill Bennett in the 1980s and was actively involved with the Social Credit party. Smith has served as chancellor of Diocese of Cariboo, the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce, and trustee of the Western Canada Theatre Company.

Tom Bateman
Professor of Political Science, St. Thomas University

Tom Bateman is Professor of Political Science at St Thomas University in Fredericton, NB, where he and his family have lived since 2003. His teaching and research interests are in Canadian government and politics, comparative constitutionalism, the law and politics of the Canadian Charter of Rights and freedoms, and religion and politics. He is co-author of a popular text, The Canadian Regime: An Introduction to Parliamentary Government in Canada, and is co-editor of two collections of leading Supreme Court of Canada decisions. He has published widely on the Charter and Canadian constitutionalism. He has been active in several organizations including the Institute for Public Administration of Canada, Christian Legal Fellowship, and NB Right to Life. He is currently a member of the strategic advisory committee of the Office of Auditor General of New Brunswick.

Grant Brown

Grant BrownGrant A. Brown would like to be a semi-retired writer, but instead is the sole proprietor and general dogsbody of a Bed & Breakfast in Stratford, Ontario. Previously, he practiced law in Edmonton, specializing in family law. Before that, he taught in the Faculty of Management and the Philosophy Department at the University of Lethbridge. He holds a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Waterloo, a DPhil from Oxford University, and an LL.B. from the University of Alberta. His academic publishing centres on ethical theory and political philosophy; constitutional jurisprudence and other legal commentary; and gender issues such as employment equity, intimate partner violence, and family law. He is interested in all things neo-Darwinian. More recently, he has published articles in the C2C Journal and The Post Millennial.

Alan Honner
Barrister & Solicitor

honnermugAlan Honner is a lawyer based in Toronto, Ontario. He represents individual and corporate clients in a variety of legal matters, including police misconduct, professional negligence, personal injury and criminal litigation.

Alan has published in The Litigator and has appeared as trial counsel in the Superior Court of Justice, Ontario Court of Justice and the Financial Services Commission of Ontario. He is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School and the University of Waterloo.

Barbara Kay

Barbara Kay earned her B.A. (University of Toronto) and M.A. (McGill University) in English Literature, and has taught literature at Concordia University and various Montreal CEGEPs.

Barbara’s journalism career began in the 1990s with frequent contributions to Cité libre, the federalist magazine founded by Pierre Elliott Trudeau, and reanimated in the run-up to the 1995 referendum as a tool to combat separatism.

Since 2003, Barbara has been a weekly columnist for the National Post, writing on cultural misandry, freedom of speech, Islamist reverberations in western culture, the bizarre world of canine politics, and other diverse subjects.

Barbara’s writings have also appeared in C2C Journal Online, the New York Daily News, Campus Watch, Front Page Magazine, Pajamas Media, the Dorchester Review, and the Prince Arthur Herald.  In 2013, she was awarded the Diamond Jubilee medal for excellence in journalism.  In 2015 Barbara published “A Three Day Event,” a murder mystery novel.

Troy Lanigan, Former President and CEO, Canadian Tax Payers Federation

Troy Lanigan is a consultant who works with clients supportive of limited-government principles in the fields of pollical advocacy and public policy reform.

Troy is president of the Manning Centre which is dedicated to strengthening Canada’s conservative movement through networking.  He is also the founder and part-time CEO of a new think tank that examines public policy through the lens of stories and experiences shared by individuals, families and entrepreneurs impacted by government policy.

He serves as past-president of World Taxpayers Associations – an umbrella group of approximately 60 taxpayer organizations on six continents – purposed for networking, best practices exchange, regional forums and support for new organizations.

For 26 years Troy served in various capacities with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation including 10 as president.

Prior to the CTF Troy served as National Education Director for the Virginia-based Leadership Institute conducting training programs on university and college campuses across the United States.

Troy is a member of the Washington DC-based Atlas Network’s Council of Mentors.

Troy holds a degree in economics. He and his wife Erika live in Victoria and have four children.

Bruce Pardy, Professor of Law, Queen’s University

Bruce Pardy is Professor of Law at Queen’s University. He began his legal career as a civil litigator at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in Toronto, has taught at law schools in Canada, New Zealand and the United States, served for almost a decade on the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal as adjudicator and mediator, and is an occasional columnist for the National Post. His research focuses on the theoretical and principled foundations of environmental law, challenging orthodoxies found within that discipline, and has written on ecosystem management, climate change, property and tort theory, human rights and freedoms, university governance, administrative law, economic liberty, free markets and the rule of law.

Jonathan Allen, Retired Financial Executive

Jonathan Allen retired in 2019 after two decades of investment, finance, and accounting experience. Jonathan was most recently a Managing Director at TD Asset Management and head of the firm’s fixed income investment research team. His career included a decade as a top-ranked equity research analyst at RBC Capital Markets and head of RBC’s fixed income research team. Jonathan also has experience in mergers and acquisitions and as an auditor in China.  He holds a Hons. B.Comm from Queen’s University and is a CFA charterholder.  Jonathan sits on the board of the Chartered Professional Accountants’ (CPA Canada) Canadian Performance Reporting Board. Jonathan currently resides on a farm in rural Ontario – trying his hand at hobby farming, while running various charitable businesses.

Our Advisory Council

Timothy Boyle
Spier Harben, Calgary

Jared Brown
Brown Litigation, Toronto

Dr. Barry Cooper
Department of Political Science, University of Calgary

David Livingstone
Professor of Liberal Studies & Political Studies, Vancouver Island University

Daniel Mol
Kuzyck & Mol Lawyers, Vegreville/Edmonton

Brian Purdy, Q.C.
Defense counsel and retired Crown Prosecutor, Calgary

Tom Ross
McLennan Ross LLP, Calgary

Dr. Gad Saad
John Molson School of Business, Concordia University

Daniel Santoro
DSF Litigation, Toronto

Dr. Clive Seligman
Department of Psychology, Western University, London

Michael Taube
Journalist and public policy commentator, Toronto