This afternoon Parliament defeated the government in a vote of nonconfidence. This means that none of the federal budget proposals affecting charities, announced March 22, 2011, are effective.
Several of the Budget 2011 provisions affecting the charitable sector focussed on strengthening the enforcement measures of Canada Revenue Agency. These same measures would also have strengthened the work of legitimate charities. Unless reintroduced and passed by a subsequent government, none of the provisions outlined in the CCCC news release issued March 23, 2011, have any effect.
Now that a federal election is pending, charities are reminded that they are prohibited from participating in partisan politics. For full details, view the CCCC webcasts: