Topics: What's New from the Charities Directorate of CRA, Canadian Charity Law, Political Activities and Canadian charities
The Standing Committee on Finance dealt with the charity provisions in the 2012 Federal Budget on May 28, 2012 from approximately 7 p.m. to 9 pm. The subject matter was “Bill C-38, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 29, 2012 and other measures”. Despite the title the meeting was interesting - no I don’t mean interesting for me from a charity geek perspective but actually could be interesting for any regular citizen. There was some heated discussion about the role of charities. You had Ethical Oil, the west coast blogger Vivian Krause, the CEO of Imagine Canada, Dennis Howlett from Canadians for Tax Fairness, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business and myself. (Also on non-charity matters, not admitting that such a thing exists, there were reps from PDAC which represents mining companies and the Grain Growers of Canada).
Meeting 62 May 28, 2012 3:30 p.m. - 9:35 p.m. (EDT)
1 Wellington Street, Room: C-110
Here is a link to the VIDEO
The charity part begins at about 3:55:07 (3 hours and 55 minutes and 7 seconds). My 5 minute opening statement is at: 4:01:13 It goes to 5:47:44
I will post the transcript when it become available.
Here are the minutes:
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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Meeting No. 62
Monday, May 28, 2012
The Standing Committee on Finance met in a televised session at 3:30 p.m. this day, in Room C-110, 1 Wellington Street, the Chair, James Rajotte, presiding.
Members of the Committee present: Mark Adler, Hon. Scott Brison, Guy Caron, Shelly Glover, Randy Hoback, Brian Jean, Hoang Mai, Wayne Marston, Cathy McLeod, Peggy Nash, James Rajotte and Dave Van Kesteren.
In attendance: Library of Parliament: Mark Mahabir, Analyst. House of Commons: Suzie Cadieux, Procedural Clerk; Christine Holke David, Procedural Clerk.
Witnesses: Canada Border Services Agency: Alec Attfield, Director, Traveller Border Programs Division. Department of Finance: Dean Beyea, Director, International Trade Policy Division. Blumberg Segal LLP: Mark Blumberg, Lawyer and Partner. Public Safety Canada: Suzanne Brisebois, Director General, Policy and Operations, Parole Board of Canada. Department of Human Resources and Skills Development: Alwyn Child, Director General, Program Development and Guidance Directorate; Lenore Duff, Senior Director, Strategic Policy and Legislative Reform. EthicalOil.org: Jamie Ellerton, Executive Director. Department of Finance: Patrick Halley, Chief, Tariffs and Market Acess, International Trade and Finance. Department of the Environment: Lawrence Hanson, Director General, Strategic Policy Directorate. Department of Citizenship and Immigration: Sandra Harder, Director General, Strategic Policy and Planning. Department of Finance: Mark Hodgson, Senior Policy Analyst, Labour Markets, Employment and Learning. Canadians for Tax Fairness: Dennis Howlett, Coordinator. Canadian Federation of Independent Business: Dan Kelly, Senior Vice-President, Legislative Affairs. Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada: Tom King, Co-Chair, Finance and Taxation Committee. As an individual: Vivian Krause. Department of Transport: Louise Laflamme, Chief, Marine Policy and Regulatory Affairs. Department of Human Resources and Skills Development: Mireille Laroche, Director General, Employment Insurance Policy. Imagine Canada: Marcel Lauzière, President and Chief Executive Officer. Department of the Environment: Maxime Lessard-Lachance, Policy Analyst, policy Integration. Department of Industry: Allan MacGillivray, Special Advisor to the Director General, Telecommunications Policy. Department of Citizenship and Immigration: David Manicom, Immigration Program Manager (New Delhi), Area Director (South Asia). Department of Industry: Pamela Miller, Director General, Telecommunications Policy Branch. Department of Finance: Tamara Miller, Chief, Labour Markets, Employment and Learning. Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade: Olivier Nicoloff, Director, Democracy, Commonwealth and Francophonie Division. Grain Growers of Canada: Blair Rutter. Department of Finance: Eleanor Ryan, Senior Chief, Strategic Planning and Trade. Department of Transport: Karen Swol, Director, Program Management, Rail Safety. Canadian Food Inspection Agency: Ian Alexander; Colleen Barnes. Department of Finance: Justin Brown. House of Commons: Suzie Cadieux. Human Resources and Skills Development Canada: Cam Carruthres. Canada School of Public Service: Nancy Leigh. Transport Canada: Michael O’Keefe. Department of Finance: Jane Pearse.
Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Monday, May 14, 2012, the Committee resumed consideration of Bill C-38, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 29, 2012 and other measures.
Karen Swol made a statement and answered questions.
Dean Beyea made a statement and answered questions.
Oliver Nicoloff made a statement and answered questions.
Colleen Barnes made a statement and answered questions.
Nancy Leigh made a statement and answered questions.
Jane Pearse made a statement and answered questions.
Suzanne Brisebois made a statement and answered questions.
Louise Laflamme made a statement and answered questions.
Lenore Duff made a statement and answered questions.
At 5:02 p.m., the sitting was suspended.
At 5:11 p.m., the sitting resumed.
Lawrence Hanson made a statement and answered questions.
At 6:18 p.m., the sitting was suspended.
At 6:20 p.m., the sitting resumed.
At 6:31 p.m., pursuant to Standing Order 115(5), the sitting was suspended.
At 7:25 p.m., the sitting resumed.
Viviane Krause, Mark Blumberg, Dan Kelly, Dennis Howlett, Jamie Ellerton, Blair Rutter, Marcel Lauzière, and Tom King made statements and answered questions.
At 8:57 p.m., the sitting was suspended.
At 9:00 p.m., the sitting resumed.
Sandra Harder and Cam Carruthers made statements and, with David Manicom, answered questions.
At 9:35 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.
Guyanne L. Desforges
Clerk of the Committee
2012/06/01 2:57 p.m.
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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.