Great day for Freedom of Expression in Canada

Last week, the Ontario Superior Court judge ruled that the Income Tax Act infringes on charities’ constitutional right to free expression and finally overturned the section which limited charities’ ability to speak out on behalf of Canadians.

This is a step in the right direction, however, the ruling can be appealed by the federal government abandoning his promise to “allow charities to do their work on behalf of Canadians...". That’s why it is important to sign the petition once more to tell him to respect the Court's ruling and create a new law protecting Canadians' free speech

Last week, an anti-poverty charity, Canada Without Poverty, won a landmark court challenge against the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) regarding political-activity audits. The Ontario Superior Court judge ruled that the Income Tax Act infringes on charities’ constitutional right to free expression. This means that a rule which limits charities’ ability to speak out on behalf of Canadians has been overturned. But there’s more to be done.

This is a step in the right direction, however, the ruling can be appealed to the Ontario Court of Appeal by the federal government. If this happens, it would be a clear signal that the Prime Minister has abandoned his promise to “allow charities to do their work on behalf of Canadians free from political harassment, and modernize the rules governing the charitable and not-for-profit sectors.”

Tell him to respect the Court’s ruling  and create a new law to protect Canadians’ right to be heard through the charities they support. We will make sure that your Member of Parliament receives your letter too, so that they can help ensure the right decision is made.

Our hope is that given this ruling and an earlier recommendation from a government appointed expert panel (which the judge cited in his ruling), that the government finally fulfills its promise and updates Canada’s charity law. But hearing from you will help.

Please send a letter today, so that it’s clear to the government that we want them to fix our broken charity laws now.

If you have any questions about how Canadian charity law works and why it needs to change, check out the Q&A section!

 

Published: 02 August 2018

Link