Canada Revenue Agency

Stephen Hume: Politically motivated tax audits chill government’s critics

Stephen Hume / Vancouver Sun

Is Prime Minister Stephen Harper Canada’s equivalent to Richard Nixon, that U.S. president who was eventually impeached for using state powers to punish critics of his government and policies?

Whether or not you dismiss such a comparison as casual water cooler opinion, there are real grounds for a perception that Canada’s politicians can use government to silence critics, the Environmental Law Centre at the...

Canada Revenue Agency annuls Dying with Dignity's charitable tax status

Kelly Grant / The Globe and Mail

At a moment when end-of-life issues are at the top of the political and legal agendas in Canada, a prominent voice for legalizing medically assisted suicide is about to lose its charitable status after a federal audit of its political activities.

The Canada Revenue Agency is annulling the status of Dying With Dignity – not revoking it – because the federal tax agency concluded the...

Harper supporters avoiding special tax scrutiny: Broadbent Institute

David Akin / QMI Agency

OTTAWA — A left-leaning think-tank says right-leaning charities haven't been subjected to the same scrutiny of their political activities as have opponents of the Stephen Harper government.

The Broadbent Institute, an Ottawa-based group named in honour of former NDP leader Ed Broadbent, says its study...

Revenue Canada's political activity audits biased, think-tank says

Dean Beeby / CBC

The Broadbent Institute is calling for an independent probe of the Canada Revenue Agency, saying tax auditors are targeting critics of the Harper government while letting right-leaning groups off the hook.

The self-style "progressive" think-tank released a research...

Broadbent Institute raises new questions about bias in tax audits

The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — A left-leaning think tank is raising new questions about the possibility of political interference in audits of charities.

The Broadbent Institute says a review of financial records from 10 right-leaning organizations show none of them report carrying out any political activities despite public statements which could be interpreted otherwise.


Right-leaning charities reporting zero "political" activity raises new questions about CRA’s auditing program

Report shows inquiry needed to examine CRA processes to ensure transparency and fairness


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