Human Rights

Omar Khadr

Omar Khadr

Until 2012, the Canadian government abrogated its legal and political obligations by failing to repatriate Omar Khadr. In 2008, the Supreme Court of Canada ordered a disclosure of interviews conducted by Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) agents with Khadr while he was detained in Guantanamo Bay.

Law Commission of Canada

Law Commission of Canada

The Law Commission of Canada had its budget cut in September 2006. It was forced to close down shortly after the announcement. Treasury Board President, John Baird, said the government was not interested in funding an organization that had opposed the government’s legislation.

Cindy Blackstock

Cindy Blackstock

After Blackstock’s organization filed a discrimination complaint against Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, she was excluded from important meetings, and she claims that government employees systematically monitored her professional and personal life.

Adil Charkaoui

Adil Charkaoui

The federal government accused Adil Charkaoui of being a terrorist and detained him without charge for two years. He was required to live under restrictions for more than six years. The government claimed to have evidence against him, but his lawyers could not see it.

Steven Schnoor

Steven Schnoor

Steven Schnoor, a communications professor in Montreal, made a film that showed dirty deeds of mining companies in Guatemala against local indigenous people. He was slandered by a Canadian Ambassador and won damages from the government for behaviour the judge deemed reckless, spiteful and oppressive.

Canada Without Poverty

Canada Without Poverty

In 2007, Canada Without Poverty had its funding cut by the federal government, and subsequently threatened with the revocation of its charitable status.

In order to continue advocating for better public policies and to express its opinions in the interest of Canada’s poor, CWP created a parent organization in 2010 called the CWP Advocacy Network.

Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation

Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation

After the Harper Government changed the mandate of Status of Women Canada and banned the use of federal funds for advocacy on women’s issues, funding for CERA by Status of Women Canada was cut.

Alternatives

Alternatives

Alternatives has been the target of two of the tactics employed by the federal government in recent years against progressive civil society organizations: firstly, defunding and, secondly, costly and time-consuming audits by Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) with the potential result of losing charitable status.

Canadian Arab Federation

Canadian Arab Federation

The CAF made public statements criticizing the State of Israel, the Canadian government and certain public figures, and advocating for Palestinian human rights.

Statistics Canada (mandatory long-form census)

Statistics Canada’s mandatory long-form census was abolished in 2010 by the Conservative government despite protests from all sectors of society and testimony from the country’s two most senior statisticians, who claimed that the voluntary census would result in “useless” data. With the release of the data from the 2011 census, critics have confirmed that the low response rate and

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