PM's charity audits look for 'bias, one-sidedness'

By Kelly Crowe, CBC News, 4 February 2015

Is fighting for the right to buy private health care a charitable act? Apparently it is.

But fighting for the right to die on your own terms is not. It's political, at least according to the logic of the Canada Revenue Agency.

So, when is a charity being political? It's an increasingly perplexing question.

Right now two registered charities are headed to court to try to strike down laws that block access to private health care. They are paying for their court action through donations that qualify for charitable tax credits.

Yet when Dying with Dignity went to court to fight for the right to assisted dying, the group lost its charitable status and the right to issue tax credits. (...)

Which circles back to the prickly question of how to define "political activities."

Is it a political activity, for example, to push for a greater role for private industry in the public delivery of health care, which might require changing laws? (...)

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