G&M “Budget will include measures to expose links between charities and crime, Flaherty says”

February 07, 2014 | By: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Mark Blumberg
Topics: News, What's New from the Charities Directorate of CRA, Canadian Charity Law, Global Giving, Ethics and Canadian Charities

In a Globe and Mail article entitled “Budget will include measures to expose links between charities and crime, Flaherty says” there is a discussion of potential items affecting charities in the 2014 Federal Budget set to be delivered on February 11, 2014.

The Globe and Mail reported:

“The Conservative government will further tighten charity rules in its upcoming budget to block money laundering by criminals and terrorists, but some charities fear Ottawa will cast a wider net to stifle its critics.

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said Tuesday’s budget will include new measures aimed at stopping criminals from exploiting Canadian charities. He also rejected accusations that his government is targeting its political foes.

“If the critics of the government are terrorist organizations and organized crime, I don’t care,” he said.

The Canada Revenue Agency has been warning Canadian charities – particularly those operating in parts of the world where cash transactions are common – that they could become vulnerable to exploitation.

Mr. Flaherty’s comments suggested the budget will address this issue.

“There are some terrorist organizations, there are some organized crime organizations, that launder money through charities and that make donations to charities and that’s not the purpose of charitable donations in Canada,” he said. “We are being increasingly strict on the subject. You’ll see some more on Tuesday.  ... ”

Here is the full Globe and Mail article.

Also the National Post had an article entitled “Budget will crack down on charities with links to terrorists, organized crime: Jim Flaherty”

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