We’ve got freedom of speech in Canada. But there are some people who don't, because they voluntarily give up some freedom of expression, in exchange for receiving special privileges in society.
A judge is an obvious example. And so are registered charities, who are tax exempt under the Income Tax Act, and who have the power to issue tax receipts to their donors.
And we all agree to that, if you’re doing something for the public good. Something for which there is no opposite point of view, for example, like running a soup kitchen or a homeless shelter, or training seeing eye dogs.
Tonight I'll walk you through the relevant rules according to the Canada Revenue Agency. For example:
The courts have determined political purposes to be those that seek to:
* further the interests of a particular political party; or support a political party or candidate for public office
* retain, oppose, or change the law, policy, or decision of any level of government in Canada or a foreign country
Now: have you heard the new radio ads calling on the federal government to cancel its plans to bail out Kinder Morgan's pipeline and oil tanker project?
The ads are run by the Western Canada Wilderness Committee. A registered charity, according to the Canada Revenue Agency.
This isn't a one-off example, either, as I'll show you.
A few years ago, I brought this law-breaking to the attention of the public — and of the CRA. And dozens of illegal charity scams were investigated.
And they failed their audits. I mean, of course. I read you the law.
But look at this:
"National Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier "has asked the CRA to suspend all action in relation to the remaining audits and objections that were part of the Political Activities Audit Program, initiated in 2012," a release Thursday said. A spokesperson for the minister, Chloe Luciani-Girouard, said Thursday's suspension affects 12 audits, of which seven have resulted in an intention to revoke charitable status.”
And so: they’re back at it.
By the way, each of the charities I’ve told you about tonight takes funding from foreign anti-oil lobby groups.
That’s Justin Trudeau’s Canada...
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