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.”