Free Speech

21 leading organizations ask government to enact panel recommendations on freedom of speech for charities and income tax law reform

Today, 21 leading charities and non-profit organizations reacted to a new independent Expert Panel Report by requesting the federal government immediately table a bill to implement the recommendations it provides.

Submission to the Canada Revenue Agency’s online consultation on charities' political activities

Canada's rules around charitable activities are ambiguous, contradictory and harmful to charities working in the public interest. The government must take legislative action to resolve this problem.

Brief regarding public consultation on national security by the SECU committee

Oct. 28, 2016

To: The Standing Committee on Public Safety & National Security

From: The Voices-Voix Coalition

Submission of brief regarding public consultation on national security

The Voices-Voix Coalition has drafted these remarks as part of the committee’s public consultation on national security (adapted from the remarks delivered at the in-person committee hearing in Montreal on Oct. 18, 2016).

Your chance to protect civil liberties and get rid of C-51

From Oct. 17 to 21, we'll have a great chance to call on parliament to act to protect the right to dissent, when the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security will be holding in person consultations in 5 cities across Canada. Click for all the details.

CRA consultation welcomed by Voices-Voix Coalition, but concerned over limited scope and continuing political activities audits

September 30, 2016 (MONTREAL)—The Voices-Voix Coalition welcomes Wednesday’s announcement by the Minister of National Revenue Diane Lebouthillier of the government’s intention to hold public consultations to modernize the rules governing charities’ political activities. 

Canada Without Poverty Launches Charter Challenge to Restrictions on Charities

Canada Without Poverty

On Sept. 6, 2016, Canada Without Poverty, a registered charity that works towards the relief of poverty in Canada, announced is has filed a charter challenge against regulations that limit charities' abilities to carry out political activities.

UN Special Rapporteur joins prominent Canadian, Quebec and Indigenous speakers to discuss state of dissent and free expression in Canada

MONTREAL (5 Aug. 2016)–An important discussion on the state of dissent and free expression in Canada is set to take place on Aug. 11 at the 2016 World Social Forum in Montreal.

Maina Kiai, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association will be joining three prominent Canadian, Indigenous and Quebec speakers in conversation about the state of free expression in the country.

Mr. Kiai will be joined by:

Canadians speak out for dissent and democracy

May 14, 2016 (Ottawa) – A coalition of Canadian organizations is calling on the federal government to take immediate, concrete action to uphold free expression, protect dissent and strengthen democratic rights in the country.

Speak up for Dissent in Canada

Make sure the Canadian government commits to strengthening democracy and protecting dissent.

Sign on to the Voices-Voix Declaration!