The attack on Canadian non-profits, and why we have to respond

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty

We teach our children not to bully.  That’s much harder when the federal Conservative party embraces bullying at every opportunity. Consider their most recent attacks on non-profits -specifically environmental organizations.

The government is using the Canada Revenue Agency for political reasons – threatening specific organizations that the federal Conservative party does not like,  for political reasons. 

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has lumped legitimate Canadian charities in with terrorist organizations. This is untrue. Unfair. And damaging to these non-profits. And I believe it's something that the public needs to protest in the strongest way.

By publicly identifying and throwing suspicion on seven non-profits that are active around environmental issues, the federal government is trying to silence all other organizations that work on these issues.  And in fact, silence any non-profit that advocates for social change.

If the federal government gets away with this type of narrow-minded intimidation, we'll soon see similar attacks on activist food banks, mental health organizations, development disability non-profits, etc.

As you can imagine, audits are incredibly expensive and disruptive to non-profits. It's a form of harassment. It is simply bullying.

The CRA audits distract an organization from their mission, and costs them an incredible amount of money and time having to deal with the audits. This of course also wastes donor dollars.

I believe a core role of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)  is to support and defend their members when necessary. Many AFP members are represented in these targeted organizations, and work for many other non-profits that our federal government dislikes.

Ultimately, this is the State using their unlimited resources to attack non-profits that disagree with the policies of their federal Conservative government.

I urge the AFP to defend our membership and respond to this campaign vigorously.

Republished with permission from author's blog 

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Comments

Could not agree more!

This article is absolutely bang on, and I could not agree more.  It is completely inappropriate for the conservative government to be using their power in government to attempt to silence those who disagree with them.  Charities are established to assist in social and cultural activities that are non-profit in nature.  That would certainly include voicing concerns around policies found by many in society to be incompatible with those held true by Canadians.  Our government is way out of touch, and needs to stand down on this issue.  It is nothing but bullying personified.

All in this Together

What the Conservative government and Canada Revenue are doing in Canada to groups like the Sierra Club is no different than what the Obama Administration and the IRS are doing to Tea Partiers in the U.S. Conservatives in Canada were not happy with Chretien's gagging of third party activists, and they will not like it when organizations like the Fraser Institute get the shaft from an NDP, or Liberal government. This is not a left-right issue, but Russia, or Singapore-style suppression of dissent and discourse.

charitiess and non proffits

If a charitable organization is worthwhile,then the public will support it. We now have charities that receive 70% of their funding from government,pay outrageous wages and have billions of $$ tucked away in long term investments. The whole sector  needs to be audited.  86,000 charities consuming billions of $$ ,with little or no supervision means the potential for fraud is enormous and no one looks at them.

Criminal Cons in power via election fraud.

The title pretty much covers it.

 

Jail, repeal, severe audit of government, with mandatory minimum sentences for crimes committed while In Office, or for those complicit therein, with harsh financial penalties for monies lost, stolen, or misappropriated, with assets and profits seized and clawed back.

End the corruption in Canadian politics.

Missing forest for trees.

Frederick Peitzsche wrote:

If a charitable organization is worthwhile,then the public will support it. We now have charities that receive 70% of their funding from government,pay outrageous wages and have billions of $$ tucked away in long term investments. The whole sector  needs to be audited.  86,000 charities consuming billions of $$ ,with little or no supervision means the potential for fraud is enormous and no one looks at them.

 

Cons are in power illegally via election fraud, and have been robbing the taxpayers blind since.  If there's an audit necessary, its of government, with all criminal acts by illegitimate criminals repealed.

 

 

Unfortunately, bullying  is a

Unfortunately, bullying  is a widespread method in every sphere which involves money and business. I guess, on-profit environmental organizations should be under special federal protection in this case. It’s a disgrace if environmental problems and the organizations to deal with them have to encounter such attitude. Luckily, there are some financial options in Canada that can be helpful in any situation when your financial activity is not profitable. Resort to it and gain financial assistance.