Marcel Lauzière of Imagine Canada has written a good piece entitled “Role of Charities” in which he nicely summarizes why charities have, and should have, involvement in the political process. Remember that charities cannot be involved in partisan political activity, but they can spend some of their resources on dealing with political issues that are related to their legal objects.
The article appeared in The Windsor Star on February 25, 2012.
Here is another piece in the Huffington Post entitled “If Charities Take Foreign Money, So What?” http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/Marcel%20Lauzi%C3%A8re/canadian-charities-foreign-donations_b_1327334.html
Here is another piece that went into the Toronto Star http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1147094—don-t-fence-in-canada-s-charities
For more information on political activities by Canadian charities see:
CRA’s guide on political activities http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/chrts-gvng/chrts/plcy/cps/cps-022-eng.html
My note on the Globe and Mail article “Foes of Northern Gateway pipeline fear revocation of charitable status” http://www.canadiancharitylaw.ca/index.php/blog/comments/foes_of_northern_gateway_pipeline_fear_revocation_of_charitable_status_-_gl/
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Mark Blumberg is a partner at the law firm of Blumberg Segal LLP in Toronto and works almost exclusively in the areas of non-profit and charity law.