About Peter Broder

Peter Broder is Policy Analyst and General Counsel at The Muttart Foundation in Edmonton, Alberta. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the Foundation.

For Charities, Partisanship Could be Dangerous Sailing

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In the debate over the role of charities in the public policy process it is sometimes suggested that there ought to be no constraints on what political activity groups are allowed to undertake. Occasionally, commentators even assert charities should be allowed to participate in party politics. Among the less remarked of Donald Trump’s comments during […]

Keeping at Arm’s Length

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Recent events, particularly the controversy in Alberta over the dealings of Trinity Christian School Association and various people and organizations connected with the Association, make a review of the question of charities and non-arm’s length transactions timely. So that’s the subject of this column. The Trinity Christian School Association matter surfaced in the context of […]

Political Activities Update for Charities

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The much-anticipated work on reviewing the guidance and rules around what political activities Canadian registered charities can undertake has now been begun. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) recently announced that it will hold a consultation on that topic. The consultation will be both online and in-person. The consultation will consider, among other things, awareness of […]

Prevention and Relief of Poverty

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A couple of years ago, the refusal of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to allow Oxfam Canada to include prevention of poverty in its objects if it wanted to retain its status as a registered charity drew widespread press attention.  The CRA took the position that relief or alleviation of poverty was a recognized charitable […]

Bad Scholarship?

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Many years ago I played a small part in the unearthing of a controversial scholarship at the University of Toronto that was, among other things, restricted to white, Protestant candidates.  It was called the Leonard Scholarship and dated from 1923.  After being featured in a student newspaper of which I was an editor, a story […]

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