Gaming the system: Radical left-wing lobby groups are not charities

Eighteen lobby groups in Canada are afraid of losing their charitable status, and they should be: They’re extremely political.

These left-wing and environmental groups aren’t real charities. Charities don’t target Canada’s oil sands.

David Suzuki has benefited more than most. His foundation puts more than $9 million through its charitable status. Yet its website has a campaign in an upcoming BC referendum on a transit tax hike.

To call that charitable is stretching the meaning of the word too far.

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  • Ron MacDonald

    Trudeau and Mulcair won’t be happy.

  • robins111

    Foreign funds should be seized as per the proceeds of crime legislation.

    • Linda1000

      Suzuki is mostly all Cdn funded. Only about 6% funding comes from the U.S.

      • Exile1981

        Actually a lot of his funding comes from the Tides Canada foundation which gets almost all of it’s money from foreign sources. The Tides Canada is a clearing house that takes foreign cash and funnels it to extremist groups in Canada as a way of avoiding tax and reporting requirements.

        The issue is that Tides gives to a number of smaller groups who then all give to the same end people but it allows then to hide the true source of the cash.

        • Alain

          Correct but it is still foreign money. It is almost a form of money laundering and in any case should be illegal.

          • Exile1981

            It is money laundering, it meets all the requirements under the Proceeds of Crime and Terrorism Act for the definition of money laundering (aka Fintrac)

            The act says that money laundering is for the purposes of hiding the source of the funds. The criminal code of Canada adds to it that the source of the funds must be from a crime or an illegal activity.

            No the charities act has a section on maximum foreign donations. So all together I would take it that a Charity that was taking US cash and redistributes through intermediaries would be guilty of money laundering for the purpose of circumventing the charities act rather than for purposes of hiding criminal enterprise income.

            The proper term for using intermediaries in the banking industry is called “Smurfing”.

          • Alain

            Appreciate the clarification.

          • Exile1981

            No problem a few years back (like 12) there was a very slow year for my industry and I took some extra work as a teller at a bank to make ends meet. I had to take hours of courses in-house on how to tell if someone was doing these sorts of transactions, also the DW is still working at a bank.

            I just like saying the word “smurfing” as well.

  • lgeubank

    I never heard of this Suzuki character until recently. He’s apparently some sort of Captain Kangaroo-type TV guy, or maybe a Marlin Perkins wild-kingdom type, who gives himself airs of being a scientific authority. He’s actually a fatuous, rather stupid attention addict.

    So the fact that he’s a parasite on the public purse, a tax-avoider, a shady finagler, makes perfect sense. The more such people claim to personify all leftist virtue, the bigger frauds and charlatans they are.

    “The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons,” knives, forks, doorknobs, and other valuable silverware.

  • Exile1981

    Don’t forget that David Suzuki is a conspiracy nut, he has said several times that he believes the Harper government is building secret jails for environmentalists.

    He also called the UN to step in and charge Canadian and Australian politicians who questioned global warming with a thought crime.

    He came out and said Canada has too many people and we should stop allowing in immigrants, not for the reasons most of us believe but because he wants Canada to have less people and more natural spaces so we can be hunter gatherers again.

    add in the irregularities in his charities finances

    And add in that he has made up some pretty extreme and downright false claims about the oilsands, and you have a person who needs to be shut down his tax free political machine.

    • Linda1000

      His Foundation is backed by 94% of Cdn. Individual donors, mostly individuals (50%), lots of money from Quebec and even the B.C. Parks and Recreation.

      • Exile1981

        There have been questions for years about the accuracy of the info the foundation puts up about where it’s cash comes from.

      • Exile1981

        A lot of good info about how Suzuki lied about the dangers of farmed fish after receiving funding from the wild fish manufacturers of Alaska.

        • Linda1000

          Thanks, will read. Tides is mentioned on his donors list that I skimmed.

          • Exile1981

            Anytime you see Tides as a sponsor you can be sure that democracy and free speech are not friends of that group. Tides is a pretty shady and very far left group.

          • Linda1000

            All of these environmental and full time “professional” activist groups are looney. I’m no fan of Suzuki and other dangerous or deluded goons like his foundation. They’re no better than the destructive UN.

          • Exile1981

            Dig deep enough and you’ll find ties between them and the UN or at least between them and UN officials. It would take years of a dedicated search by a major nation that had cleaned house first to make sure of no internal corruption in the investigation to be able to find all of these ties in the web of this web. My gut tells me that it’s likely that the UN is the target we are supposed to see and that there is some individuals who are pulling even the UN’s strings.

          • Minicapt

            So much Tides, so little cleansing.


  • Gary

    But no one else will hire these lazy parasites , so they have to run these scams and rob the taxpayers and cheat the CRA. It’s now big shock the Suzuki is an expert on maggots.