OTTAWA — The Liberals suggested Monday they will strip the charitable status of a group advocating the elimination of poverty, just as the NDP accused the Grits of trying to silence the voices of civil society.
Quebec NDP MP Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet demanded to know, in the House of Commons, why the Liberals are continuing the “political harassment” of Canadian charities that the Conservatives had begun.
Over the weekend, HuffPost Canada broke the news that the Liberals are proposing legislation that contravenes an Ontario court’s ruling this summer that gave charities the right to engage in non-partisan political activism without any limitation.
“The Canada Revenue Agency doesn’t plan to respect the court’s decision,” Boutin-Sweet said. “With these new rules, the agency will continue to monitor all organizations.”
B.C. NDP MP Nathan Cullen said Canadians remember the “dark days” of former prime minister Stephen Harper’s government and his use of the Canada Revenue Agency to attack anti-poverty groups, environmental groups, and women’s groups.
“The Liberals promised [Canadians] that the attacks would stop, but like with so many other Liberal promises, they broke their word,” he told MPs. “These groups counted Liberals as maybe friends, but with friends like these, those groups do not need any enemies.”
National Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier responded that the Liberals respect charities, which is why it stopped the Tories’ politically motivated audits.
“The draft legislation is designed to allow charitable groups to continue their objectives by engaging in non-partisan political activities and to engage in public policy,” she said.
The Liberals promised [Canadians] that the attacks would stop, but like with so many other Liberal promises, they broke their word.Nathan Cullen, NDP MP
In July, Ontario Justice Ed Morgan found that the Canada Revenue Agency’s rule prohibiting charities from spending more than 10 per cent of their resources on non-political activities was an infringement on …read more
Source:: The Huffington Post – Canada