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Alberta Election Legislation and Charities

After years of turmoil around the topic, the federal government moved recently to reform treatment of charities’ “public policy dialogue and development activities”. The reform was, at least in part, in response to the striking down as unconstitutional of certain provisions of the Income Tax Act dealing with registered charities’ political activities. In a 2018 […]

Authors:

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.
 

Charities’ Political Activities Question Quieted, If Not Fully Resolved

The long tumult over registered charities’ role in public policy debate appears on the cusp of being resolved, or at least being significantly quieted, in the wake of three recent developments. First, in December, the federal government enacted legislation to amend the Income Tax Act (ITA) in response to a July 2018 Ontario Superior Court […]

Authors:

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.
 

Limits on Recourse for Donors Once a Gift is Made

It is an under-appreciated nuance of Canadian charity law that s. 92(7) of our Constitution actually gives the provinces the bulk of regulatory authority over charities. Provincial governments often don’t exercise their jurisdiction in this area, so the federal government’s Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) – which grants tax privileges to charitable groups – has become […]

Authors:

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.
 

Back to the Future on Registered Charities and Political Activities

Regulation of registered charities’ “political activities” has long been a bugbear of both the sector and governments.  My last column dealt with an Ontario Superior Court decision that ruled parts of the current Income Tax Act (ITA) provisions governing charities’ political activities unconstitutional as in violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  Much […]

Authors:

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.
 

Registered Charities and the Charter

Over the past twenty-five years or so, commentators have lamented the sometimes inordinate influence of tax policy considerations in the administration and adjudication of the federal registered charities regime. There is no doubt fiscal implications ought to be taken into account in structuring the legislative regime to ensure timely and appropriate use of the preferentially-treated […]

Authors:

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.
 


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