Christina Blizzard reviews federal government actions to crack down on the political activities of charities, including budget statements from Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, and the activities of Senator Nicole Eaton is the Senate.
One of the most politically involved charities is the David Suzuki Foundation (DSF).Read the full article at canoe.ca
Not only does it lobby governments on policy, it also receives considerable funding from government.
In Ontario, for example, DSF received funding from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation (FOGF) — which received about $25 million in tax money from the provincial government.
FOGF gave the DSF $120,000 in 2007 and $100,000 in 2009. That’s in addition to the between $100,000 and $250,000 it received from the government’s Ontario Trillium Foundation in 2010.
Suzuki then endorsed the McGuinty Liberals in a controversial video that was posted on the Grit website during the election — and then hastily taken down.
It showed Suzuki and Premier Dalton McGuinty strolling through Stanley Park in Vancouver as Suzuki lauded the Ontario premier’s plan to shut coal-fired electricity plants.
A spokesman for the DSF said they’re playing by the rules.
“David Suzuki is neither a member of the board of directors of the DSF, nor is he a paid employee,” said CEO Peter Robinson.