LETTER: National revenue minister audit explanations aren’t adequate

Bias in some charitable audits being completed by the Canada Revenue Agency is obvious, says reader

Re: Rankin wrong: Minister (News, Aug. 15)

Dear Minister of National Revenue:

I read your letter to the editor discussing matters regarding auditing charitable organizations. I was amazed that you would think we would believe all the explanations you provide.

For instance many of us are involved in giving to these organizations and we know who is being audited.

It is puzzling to me why you defend the Canada Revenue Agency ruling of secrecy and your claim that it makes the compliance regime more effective.

Surely there is a better way to do this than trying to pretend there is secrecy and that it is effective.

Contrary to your view that there is no political bias in selecting organizations to audit, it is public knowledge that a number of audits were aimed at environmental groups who have taken positions that may run counter to the Harper agenda.

We are also aware that Oxfam was advised to alter its mission statement by changing the wording of the “prevention of poverty” to “alleviation of poverty,” raising questions about whether refusal would interfere with their charitable status. What on earth do you people understand about poverty and what is the basis of such a request?

These are just a few examples that have frustrated the citizenry and which your letter does nothing to alleviate.

Please give Canadian citizens some credit for their intelligence. Have you learned nothing from past years about the public’s increasingly urgent demands for honesty, accountability and transparency  from our democratic government?

Jessie Mantle

Saanich

Just Posted

Comic Con announce winning artist in $500 ViGuy competition

Van Isle Comic Con announce judges’ award winner, People’s Choice voting now open

Sooke woman is ‘black and blue’ after being pushed off 40-foot cliff at Thetis Lake

West Shore RCMP looking for witnesses as investigation continues

Victorian makes gridlock fun with traffic bingo

How far into your drive before you yell BINGO?

Throwback Thursday: Shamrocks revisit the 1950s with new uniforms

Victoria team introduces its new white jersey for the 2019 70th anniversary season

Commuter Challenge proves biking to work was the faster option on Wednesday

Greater Victoria teams raced from across the region to a downtown finish line

VIDEO: Journey of SD62 Aboriginal graduates recognized at ceremony

‘Enriching and empowering’ ceremony encourages students to hold onto their identities

POLL: Were you satisfied with the Game of Thrones series finale?

Millions gathered in front of their televisions Sunday night to watch the… Continue reading

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of May 21

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Brewpub offers ‘boat valet’ for paddlers during Surfrider celebration tonight

Free ‘Surf Formal’ evening features a local art auction, door prizes, live music

Thunderstorms to bring heavy rain, risk of flash floods in the southern Interior

Ten to 30 millimetres of rain to fall over the early weekend

Building a close-knit community in Sooke

Knit 2 Purl Together a community event

Unbe-leaf-able: Agassiz man finds more than 200 four-leaf clovers in a month

Walt Hardinge has found more than 219 four-or-more leaf clovers this spring alone

Crews fight fire with fire to keep blaze from northern Alberta town

The wildfire now covers some 920 square kilometres

Man in B.C. charged with murder and arson in 2016 New Brunswick death

He is charged in the death of 71-year-old Lucille Maltais, who was found inside a burned down home

Most Read