Last month the government announced, to our disappointment, that it would be appealing the Superior Court of Justice’s decision in Canada Without Poverty v Canada. This decision had declared the restrictions on non-partisan political activities of charities to be a violation of free expression contrary to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. However, the government promised, at that time, to amend the Income Tax Act provisions in line with their expert panel’s recommendations.
The government has now revealed its proposed amendments and has opened up a short consultation process - which ends Saturday. We find the amendments to be unacceptable. They are not in keeping with the expert panel’s recommendations and do not implement the order of the Superior Court of Justice.
Please send your letter to Prime Minister Trudeau today. Tell him to follow the Superior Court of Justice and the expert panel’s recommendations and fix the rules. Charities must not be at risk from intrusive and harassing actions aimed at stopping them from speaking out about protecting the environment, ending poverty or defending human rights. We will make sure that your Member of Parliament receives your letter too, so that they can help ensure the right decision is made.
Thank you for taking action.
Gretchen Fitzgerald - National Program Director