Time to Investigate: David Suzuki Foundation
April 25th, 2012 | By: Ethical Oil
Canada Revenue Agency needs to review the David Suzuki Foundaiton’s charitable status
OTTAWA – Given the mounting evidence of political and partisan activity the David Suzuki Foundation engages in, on April 24 EthicalOil.org wrote to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) calling for the environmental lobby group’s charitable status to be reviewed.
The CRA clearly states that registered charities are prohibited from engaging in partisan activity and sets very strict rules for political activity. The 44-page letter details the political and partisan activity of David Suzuki Foundation over the past year, including:
- David Suzuki endorsing Ontario Liberal Leader Dalton McGuinty’s record and appearing in a Liberal Party of Ontario partisan ad
- Persistent calls to action political action
- Frequent condemnation of government policy
- Trying to sway the Senate to abandon their inquiry on foreign funding of charities.
With 12 registered lobbyists, the David Suzuki Foundation has more lobbyists on staff than most government relations firms. Charities are supposed to do charitable work: feed the poor, take care of the sick, and fund life-saving advancements in medicine.
“The David Suzuki Foundation his a highly political organization. With the mounting evidence of partisan and political activity, it is time for the Canada Revenue Agency to investigate.”
–Jordan Graham, National Spokesperson, EthicalOil.org
To read more about our efforts and take action, CLICK HERE.
To download the letter of complaint click HERE