Conservative government abuses power to stifle opinion.


Cobalt_Kid
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How is it at all ethical to use intimidation through tax audits to silence groups that oppose government agendas. The whole point of having an open society and access to power through the vote and responsive elected members is to prevent the kind of abuses of power we're now see going on by the conservative government in Ottawa.

Canada Revenue audit of green groups raises spectre of intimidation: Editorial | Toronto Star

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The Canada Revenue Agency is auditing high-profile environmental groups to make sure they don’t devote too much of their resources to fighting the oilsands and pipelines. Critics see the audits as political intimidation.

Whatever the reason for the Canada Revenue Agency’s sudden interest in some of the country’s best-known environmental groups, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s energy-friendly Conservative government can’t escape the suspicion that it is harassing them to get them to tone down their criticism of the Alberta oilsands, pipelines and other projects that fuel climate change.

As the Star’s environment writer Raveena Aulakh reports, the CRA is auditing some of Canada’s most high-profile and highly respected organizations. They include the David Suzuki Foundation, Tides Canada, Environmental Defence, the Pembina Foundation, Equiterre and the Ecology Action Centre.

“There are enough out there for us to be concerned about this focus,” Marcel Lauzière told the Star. He’s president of Imagine Canada, an umbrella organization for charities. “There’s a big chill out there with what charities can and cannot do,” he told CBC News.

 
captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
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It is extremely ethical to audit foreign-funded lobby groups that pretend to be charities.
 
pgs
Free Thinker
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Quote: Originally Posted by captain morganView Post

It is extremely ethical to audit foreign-funded lobby groups that pretend to be charities.

Of course it is when they support liberal agenda's and candidates .
 
Goober
Free Thinker
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How many ffn con threads are you going to start.
 
taxslave
No Party Affiliation
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Quote: Originally Posted by Cobalt_KidView Post

How is it at all ethical to use intimidation through tax audits to silence groups that oppose government agendas. The whole point of having an open society and access to power through the vote and responsive elected members is to prevent the kind of abuses of power we're now see going on by the conservative government in Ottawa.

Canada Revenue audit of green groups raises spectre of intimidation: Editorial | Toronto Star

How ethical is it for groups with a political agenda to mascarade as non profits?
 

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