Friday, December 19, 2014
Stephen Harper and his CRA Stormtroopers Prepare to Kill a Charity
For months Stephen Harper has been unleashing the stormtroopers from the Canadian Revenue Agency upon his many enemies.
They have been harassing environmental groups and other progressive charities, and trying to cripple them into submission.
But now it seems they have claimed their first victim, and are preparing to blast it out of existence.
Alternatives, a small international aid group in Montreal, may become the first casualty in the Harper government’s stepped-up scrutiny of the political activities of Canadian charities. The charity has worked in developing countries for more than two decades, but was told in the summer it faces revocation of its charitable registration, a move its organizers say would crush the group.
And what makes this even more outrageous is the reason, or excuse, offered up by the CRA to drive that little group out of business.
Alternatives, though, has been hit with a more devastating finding: the very basis of its work, sending dollars to Third World countries to help local groups promote health and education, has been declared non-charitable. A seven-page revenue agency letter from July 14 says, in part, that the group fails the test because it does not itself administer its programs on the ground in the dozen or so countries it helps.
When the real reason it has been singled out for punishment seems only too clear.
Alternatives' mission is to create a world where international solidarity, environmental rights, democratic rights and human dignity are universally respected.
No matter what the Harperite cult says:
Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay has said repeatedly that public servants make their own decisions about audits free from any political interference or input from her office.
And what also seems clear is that nothing can be done about this outrageous situation until the day that Stephen Harper and his foul Con regime are finally defeated.
And the CRA stormtroopers are asked to account for their actions.
But both those bullies can be sure of something eh?
Justice may be delayed.
But that day will come....
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