More on the Conservative attack on Canadian charities and the “pipeline Budget”
I’ve discussed this at some length in my previous posts (below) but for those interested in reading more about how the Conservative government of Stephen Harper is adopting McCarthy-era tactics to crack down on environmental groups that dare criticize them, I recommend reading this overview from the Hill Times of new Budget 2012 measures.
Wonder why they’re doing it? Perhaps Halifax NDP MP Megan Leslie put it best:
“The over-arching theme here is this is a budget for the great pipeline to China,” Ms. Leslie said. “This is about pipelines, pipelines, pipelines, and at any cost.”
“Whether it is going after charities, who might have a different opinion, cutting the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy and cutting Environment Canada and not relying on science and evidence, or whether it’s going after the Environmental Assessment Act and weakening it, that’s what this budget says to me, it’s all about pipelines,” Ms. Leslie said.
Dark age ahead?
Feds attack charitable sector in budget for being too political, say opposition MPs | hilltimes.com.