Stop Conservative attacks on charities

Support the motion! Give charities the chance to defend themselves against Conservative attacks


The Senate could vote on a Liberal motion that gives Canadian charities the chance to defend themselves against Conservative attacks — but only if you urge Senators to support the motion.

The statements we’ve heard from Conservative Senators have shocked Canadians. Some accused Canadian charities of being “influence peddlers”, and even suggested charities might “take money from Al Qaeda, the Hamas or the Taliban.” Senator Mike Duffy called them “anti-Canadian.” And Conservative Cabinet Ministers have accused Canadian registered charities of “money-laundering.”

It is wrong for Conservatives to use their position in the Senate or Cabinet to make serious accusations, without providing an opportunity for those accused to present their side.

That’s why, on May 8, Liberal Senators challenged the Conservatives to send their inquiry into funding for Canadian charitable organizations to the Senate National Finance Committee, where proper hearings can take place and charities can answer Conservative attacks.

To date, the Conservative majority has refused to agree to this. They are “ragging the puck” – repeatedly adjourning debate to avoid the issue. That isn’t fair. It isn’t right.

Let’s give our charities an opportunity to defend their good name, and to uphold their right to speak out on important issues of concern to Canadians.

Please sign and share the petition and support the motion: “Stop Conservative attacks on charities.”

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    To: All Senators

    I, the undersigned, call on all Senators to pass the motion below.

    That the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance be authorized to examine and report on the tax consequences of various public and private advocacy activities undertaken by charitable and non-charitable entities in Canada and abroad;

    That, in conducting such a study, the committee take particular note of:

    (a) Charitable entities that receive funding from foreign sources;

    (b) Corporate entities that claim business deductions against Canadian taxes owing for their advocacy activities, both in Canada and abroad; and

    (c) Educational entities that utilize their charitable status to advocate on behalf of the interests of private entities; and

    That the Committee submit its final report to the Senate no later than June 30, 2013, and retain all powers necessary to publicize its findings for 180 days after the tabling of the final report.

                                                                                                 - my name, postal code

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