It appears that Bill C-239, Ted Falk's private members bill to increase tax incentives for donations, has been defeated on second reading. Both the Liberals and NDP expressed reservations about the private members bill and its potentially high cost. In May I wrote a blog criticizing the bill. A recent report from the PBO confirmed that the cost could be far higher than the projections provided by Mr. Falk.
Here is more information on the House of Commons website. The bill was defeated by 209 against to 103 for.
I think we need to move away from the discussion of increased tax incentives for giving and focus more on enhancing public trust in charities and ensuring continued government funding of important programs that support the most vulnerable and other societal priorities.
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Mark Blumberg is a partner at the law firm of Blumberg Segal LLP in Toronto and works almost exclusively in the areas of non-profit and charity law.