Musings —09.20.2011 05:20 PM—
As a lot of you know, I support a lot of NGOs. A lot of those NGOs do work in respect of the environment, animal welfare, and so on.
In recent months, I have been hearing from worried NGOs – over and over – that they have been targeted by federal Conservatives over their charitable status. If they lose that status, they lose the ability to operate.
The Cons – federally and provincially – have been targeting organizations who take public positions they disapprove of (you know, the environment is good, animal abuse is bad, etc.). They have been sending around bureaucrats to tell NGOs that they are “under review.” The message has been clear: if you continue to advocate in a way we don’t like, you will lose your charitable status. Federally, Conservatives have gone after a very well-known environmentalist, because they don’t like the things he says. They want to put him out of business.
Here’s where you come in.
I’m collecting information about this McCarthyite practice for a possible column, and (for certain) my next book. If you have any information about that, I’d love to hear from you, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Confidentiality guaranteed.
This is the worst kind of politics – and it has to stop. Disagreeing with NGOs is fine. But using the power of government to bankrupt NGOs you disagree with? That isn’t fine.