Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Complaint against the Suzuki foundation

My friends at Ethical Oil have complained about the partisan Suzuki and his partisan foundation. I suggested this in the past.Hundreds complained, but little happened, though Suzuki complained about the complaints? Hopefully the cra will pay more attention this time.

The David Suzuki Foundation on Tuesday became the target of a complaint to the Canada Revenue Agency, just days after its namesake co-founder stepped down amid heightened tensions between environmental charities and the Conservative government. EthicalOil.org, a non-profit organization that promotes oil from Canada and other democracies, sent a letter to the agency asking it to investigate whether the David Suzuki Foundation is breaking rules that pertain to political activity. Registered charities are allowed to devote only a small fraction of their resources to political activity, although they can never be partisan. “If you find the Suzuki Foundation is in contravention of the CRA rules, then we request that you consider whether the Suzuki Foundation should have its charitable status revoked or otherwise be sanctioned,” EthicalOil.org said in its 44-page letter, which was drafted by Calgary-based JSS Barristers and obtained by the National Post.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

How does it feel to sell out your country?

If you genuinely believe the Suzuki foundation has harmful goals then I am extremely sorry our education system failed you.

Educate yourself and stop parroting talking points and press releases!

Surecure said...

It's lovely to see Anonymous trolls throw insults. It only serves to further solidify how strong the argument the blogger has made... after all, if they could debate the points the blogger has raised, they actually would debate the points raised.

That they can only throw insults? It only shows that insults are the height of their debating skills.

Anonymous said...

Ad Hominum alert!
Why debate?
So the Captain of the Good Ship Suzuki seeing the revenue Canada iceberg on the horizion has abandoned ship.
I hope they make his "Charity" cough up their back taxes.

Anonymous said...

EthicalOil.org is 100% political activism. Or... what - are they knitting sweaters for cold East-coasters in Ft Mac? Bake sales in aid of oil multinationals?

Follow the money.

Ted Betts said...

This is the kind of partisan scorched earth attack by (cough cough) EthicalOil.org that has a tendency to backfire.

Charities are allowed to undertake advocacy related to their charitable area and are allowed to undertake political advocacy up to a certain amount. Individuals who are a part of a charity are also allowed to, as individuals, undertake as much political activity as anyone else.

Just because you don't like the environment or what this charity is doing and how effective it is in telling Canadians what foreign companies are doing to our land, doesn't mean they aren't allowed to do so or should be stopped.

That's a subtle form of facsism no worse than if a church lost its charitable status because it organized a march against women's choice or equal marriage, or if some of its leading parishioners did so on their own time.

Beware what you ask for.

For example, one of the attacks by these foreign oil companies and their PR branch EthicalOil.org is that environmental charities have accepted money from foreigners. If we are now to have some special rule for charitable donations from foreigners, there will be unbelievable adverse unintended consequences to charities and churches. For example, what about the Fraser Institute which revealed today it has received a ton of money from the ultra-right wing American nutbar Koch brothers. Or the contributions Focus on the Family Canada receives from its American originator. Do you see where this could go?

Ted Betts said...

This is the kind of partisan scorched earth attack by (cough cough) EthicalOil.org that has a tendency to backfire.

Charities are allowed to undertake advocacy related to their charitable area and are allowed to undertake political advocacy up to a certain amount. Individuals who are a part of a charity are also allowed to, as individuals, undertake as much political activity as anyone else.

Just because you don't like the environment or what this charity is doing and how effective it is in telling Canadians what foreign companies are doing to our land, doesn't mean they aren't allowed to do so or should be stopped.

That's a subtle form of facsism no worse than if a church lost its charitable status because it organized a march against women's choice or equal marriage, or if some of its leading parishioners did so on their own time.

Beware what you ask for.

For example, one of the attacks by these foreign oil companies and their PR branch EthicalOil.org is that environmental charities have accepted money from foreigners. If we are now to have some special rule for charitable donations from foreigners, there will be unbelievable adverse unintended consequences to charities and churches. For example, what about the Fraser Institute which revealed today it has received a ton of money from the ultra-right wing American nutbar Koch brothers. Or the contributions Focus on the Family Canada receives from its American originator. Do you see where this could go?

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