Charities provide an invaluable service for Canadians by advocating for better policies to help protect our environment, ensure the health of our families, eradicate poverty, and more. Charities voice the concerns of Canadians. But the rules around what charities can and cannot do are open to abuse due to ambiguous and arbitrary guidelines. This ambiguity led to the launch of harassing and costly audits of charities. If the laws aren’t changed, this could happen again.
Right now corporations can spend freely on lobbying, advertising and any kind of political activity. They can deduct 100 per cent of those expenses from their income. In contrast, charities that voice Canadians’ concerns are severely restricted in the form and quantity of public policy work they can do. It’s time to level the playing field between corporations and the charities that speak for Canadians. Other countries around the world have modernized their charitable laws to protect free speech. It’s time for Canada to do the same.
We have a chance now to urge the new federal government to keep its promise of creating a new law to protect your right to be heard through the charities you support.
The federal government is considering how to change the rules governing charities’ abilities to speak out about social change. Send a letter today to tell the Prime Minister you value the role charities play in undertaking research, education and securing public policies that improve the lives of all Canadians.
Take action now! Send a letter and protect our free speech!
Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
Hon. Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue
Hon. Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance
Hon. Rona Ambrose, Interim Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, Leader of the Opposition
Hon. Rhéal Fortin, Interim Leader of the Bloc Québécois
Hon. Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada
Hon. Thomas J. Mulcair, Leader of the New Democratic Party