The Trudeau government has decided to appeal the Ontario Superior Court ruling that would have allowed charities to do their work on behalf of Canadians, free from political harassment.
The Ontario Superior Court's decision this week was a huge relief to those many charities that suffered through Stephen Harper's politically motivated Canada Revenue Agency audits.
In spite of narrow one-sided papers posing as objective scholarly studies and ad hominem criticism of sitting politicians, the Fraser Institute has had charitable status since 1974.
When organizations seek charitable registration from government, they necessarily accept oversight by a government agency that, in an atmosphere as poisonous as Canada's these days, can overreach.
What happens to our democracy when the voices of Canada's charitable organizations, the social conscience of this country, go silent?
On April 26, 2012, the federal government introduced Bill C-38, which contains proposed changes to the Income Tax Act, affecting charities and how political activities are to be accounted for.