The Prime Minister promised a new law to give citizens a voice through charities they support; but he hasn’t delivered. Canadians deserve better.
Tell the federal government to keep its promise by sending a letter today.
Over the years, charities have helped make Canada a better place. Improvements as diverse as ending acid rain, reducing drinking and driving, ending smoking in the workplace, and introducing cancer screening standards were all the result of organizations bringing public and government attention to issues that required changes in policy. Most of these organizations are charities and together, they voice the Canadian public’s concerns.
Several years ago, the former federal government launched public attacks against a number of organizations whose views they disagreed with. The organizations were from a wide range of sectors including international development, poverty alleviation and protection of the environment. The media, public, opposition leaders and many MPs, including now Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, decried these attacks and committed to end the audits and to reform Canadian law to ensure charities could speak out.
Canadians deserve better. Ambiguous laws should not be tools for silencing Canadians’ voices. A new law is required.