CRA should strip “Environmental Defence”
of their charitable status
TORONTO – On March 21 EthicalOil.org wrote to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) calling for the lobby group “Environmental Defence” to be stripped of their charitable status as a consequence for breaking charities law.
The CRA clearly states that registered charities are prohibited from engaging in partisan activity. Yet Environmental Defence’s actions show they are engaged in partisan activity. Some of this lobby group’s partisan and political activities include:
- Running a multi-pronged partisan campaign in the Environment Minister’s Thornhill riding, which included ads, canvassing, and calling 50,000 households to censure the Minister’s comments on the oil sands.
- A stated political purpose to challenge government policy.
- Been a leading member of a political alliance that heavily lobbied the Ontario government to change a law.
Charities are supposed to do work for the public good, like feeding the poor or funding research to cure AIDS. Taxpayers should not be subsidizing this lobby group’s partisan actions and political agenda. The CRA should strip Environmental Defence of their charitable status for breaking charities law.
With deep pocketed foreign funders like the Tides Foundations behind them, Environmental Defence shouldn’t have a problem financing their partisan and political activity. Just don’t call it charity and expect taxpayers to subsidize it.
“The “Environmental Defence” lobby group’s partisan and political activity is breaking charities law. The Canada Revenue Agency should strip this lobby group of their charitable status.”
–Jordan Graham, National Spokesperson, EthicalOil.org
“Environmental Defence is welcome to use their right to free speech to engage in whatever politics they want, they just shouldn’t expect taxpayers to subsidize their political agenda through charitable tax breaks.”
–Jamie Ellerton, Executive Director, EthicalOil.org
Jordan Graham, National Spokesperson
To read more about our efforts and take action, CLICK HERE.
To download the letter of complaint click HERE.