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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Ezra Levant: Taxman audits, enviro groups panic

In 1989, when Brian Mulroney was prime minister, Greenpeace Canada had its charitable status revoked. Revenue Canada auditors said Greenpeace was a political pressure group, not a real charity, so they would no longer be tax-free.

So Greenpeace hired some lawyers and set up something called the Greenpeace Canada Charitable Foundation, and got charitable status all over again. But in 1995, when Jean Chretien was prime minister, Revenue Canada auditors revoked their status again.

So Greenpeace hired some more lawyers and tried a third time. But in 1999, Revenue Canada refused to grant them charity status. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

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