Friday, November 27, 2015
Why the Canada Revenue Agency Needs to be Investigated
It's the burning question that remains to be answered about Stephen Harper 's monstrous years in power. The one that could make him Canada's Richard Nixon. The one that could send him to prison.
Did he or did he not order or pressure the Canada Revenue Agency to go after his political opponents, and audit and harass one left-wing charity after the other?
And because it's the kind of question that could shatter the confidence citizens should have in their government, I believe it demands an answer.
So I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who wants the Trudeau government to set up a Commission of Inquiry.
So we can drag the truth kicking and screaming out of Stephen Harper's darkness.
It's not enough that charitable non-profits can hopefully no longer expect the executive branch to use the public service as a tool of political intimidation. This must never happen again.
The only way to fully clean this wound is through a Commission of Inquiry empowered to compel testimony under oath and order the production of documents. Senior CRA bureaucrats must be called to answer for themselves. Former PMO staffers should be ordered to appear, perhaps before they disappear to Kuwait.
For the CRA's message couldn't have been more chilling:
CRA spokespeople would occasionally maintain with a straight face that there was no direction from the PMO but did anyone believe them? Of course not, and that's the whole point. The unspoken message to civil society was chillingly clear: do not rely on due process -- self censor your troublesome messaging or else.
And the links to the PMO couldn't be more obvious...
Other optics around this are even more outrageous. Apparently many of the complaints filed to CRA about specific groups were from Ethical Oil, a group founded by Alykhan Velshi -- coincidentally a longtime Conservative staffer who later landed the position of issues management in the PMO. Small world.
We need to find out why the CRA went after small environmental groups. Or groups like Pen Canada.
But gave right-wing groups like the Fraser Institute a pass, even though they have accepted money from the Koch brothers.
We need to know if the depraved political thug Stephen Harper was using the CRA as his stormtroopers to intimidate and punish his enemies.
And the CRA bosses and all the others who might have collaborated in this outrageous assault on democracy need to be forced to come clean.
Only a full public and legally mandated inquiry can help clear the air. If warranted, individuals inside or outside the public service must be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. The CRA like all government departments has an obvious obligation to act impartially. Political staffers (or ministers for that matter) have no business directing the tax collection arm of government which side of the political spectrum requires special attention.
You know, I've always believed that the CRA scandal more than any other, would be the one that revealed Stephen Harper's inner Nixon...
And the true nature of his monstrous regime.
Now let justice be done.
Let the truth be revealed.
And see if it finally destroys him...
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