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Imagine Canada Responds to the Federal Government on Political Activities Ruling

Thursday, August 16, 2018
Federal Government Appeals in Canada Without Poverty v. AG Canada.

Imagine Canada, the national umbrella for Canada’s charitable and nonprofit sector, reacts to the federal government’s announcement concerning the political activities of charities.

“This announcement from the Ministries of Finance and National Revenue represents real progress for the charitable sector,” stated Bruce MacDonald, President & CEO of Imagine Canada.

“The announcement of the government’s willingness to broaden the environment in which charities can engage in the public policy process was a significant component of the recommendations of the Consultation Panel on the Political Activities of Charities. We look forward to a more substantial response related to the government’s commitment to modernize the legislative framework for charities and nonprofits, as contained in their mandate letters, and to the other items contained in the panel’s report.”
The announcement also indicates that the government will be appealing the decision of Justice Morgan in Canada Without Poverty v. AG Canada. We are currently reviewing the language of the appeal to fully understand the relationship between Charter issues and policy initiatives.


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Imagine Canada is a national charitable organization whose cause is Canada’s charities and nonprofits. Our three broad goals are to strengthen the sector’s collective voice, create opportunities to connect and learn from each other and build the sector’s capacity to succeed.

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For further information:

Lindsey Vodarek
Manager, Strategic Communications
Imagine Canada
416-597-2293, ext. 309

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