Since the inauguration of the Harper government in March, a wave of restrictions has hit charitable organisations, whether social or environmental. The first victim of this process was the NGO Physicians for Global Survival, created 32 years ago to promote nuclear disarmament. The group was stripped of its tax status in May for having exceeded the 10% limit on lawyers fees.
C-38 will facilitate the systematic withdrawal of the tax-exempt status granted to charitable organisations. Individuals who wish to continue to speak out on controversial environmental issues have been forced to step down from positions in organisations in order to avoid jeopardising their funding. David Suzuki recently resigned from the presidency of his own foundation for these reasons.