Voices-Voix releases case study #100: Canadian Charities and the Canada Revenue Agency

Montreal, Dec. 11, 2014 – Today, Voices-Voix has published its 100th case study. The new report is warning that the Conservative government's ongoing selective scrutiny of charities poses a threat to free speech, democracy and government transparency in Canada.

"Canadian Charities and the Canada Revenue Agency" is the latest case study from Voices-Voix, a non-partisan, national coalition that documents cases of attacks on democracy, dissent and civil liberties in Canada. The report provides a fresh perspective on the damage that the federal government's investigation of charities is causing to the sector.

"It's clear that, over the past two-and-a-half years, a major impact of the government's investigation of charities is to divert resources away from their important work, and to put a growing 'chill' on what charities do and say," says Margrit Eichler, Professor Emerita of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto and member of the Voices-Voix Editorial Board.

The study examines the impact of the Conservative government’s decision to provide the CRA with more than $13 million to audit the political and charitable activities of charities in Canada. Of particular concern is the strong and growing evidence that the new infusion of resources targets charities which do not align with the ideology of the current government. Many of Canada's progressive charities have found themselves under audit or enhanced scrutiny, while conservative-leaning charities have either stated they are not being targeted or have remained mum.

To read the press release about the report, click here.

To read the case study in full, click here.

Photo: The Canadian Press