If you want to give to charity then do so, but don’t do so just because you can get a tax break and get some of your money back.
Any organisation that is eligible to issue tax receipts for charitable giving should have that right withdrawn and not expanded. Peter Braid’s idea to expand the whole tax relief for charitable giving is wrong headed and possibly a self serving corruption of the process.
The political party that benefits most from such “charitable” giving is the Conservative Party of which Braid is a member. By introducing this:
After running the idea by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, Mr. Braid introduced a private member’s bill this week that would move the tax deadline for charitable giving from Dec. 31 – when many Canadians are cash-strapped – to the last day in February. It would also declare the last seven days of February as National Charities Week in Canada.
He is directly creating legislation that would benefit him. Add this into the equation,
His interest in charitable work came early through his Presbyterian church, which supported his decision to take a year off of high school at age 18 to spend time in Northwestern Ontario working with aboriginal communities.
Religious organizations are major beneficiaries of charitable donations, so the issue of tax credits and religion are closely linked.
it looks like he will be using public money to fund not only his career choice but also his hobby too.
Now I’m sure Mr Braid is a good person, but like a lot of the ideologically committed he has forgotten to view this from the perspective of those who do don’t share his certainty.
Churches and Political parties should not expect non-believers to subsdise their activities and introducing measures to increase this sponsorship of a minority by the majority is not a just use of our Parliament.