Time for a New "Charities Council" to take the Canada Revenue Agency out of
Social Policymaking: C.D. Howe Institute

TORONTO, Nov. 12 /CNW/ - Canadian charities need a new federated "Charities Council," whose benefits would include getting federal tax bureaucrats out of the social policymaking arena, according to a study released today by the C.D. Howe Institute. In the study, Bringing the Provinces Back In: Creating a Federated Canadian Charities Council, author Adam Aptowitzer, LL.B., argues the role of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) as the primary regulator of charities emerged owing to the provinces' historical failure to assert their Constitutional authority in the area. The result is a regulatory environment that is rigid and selective, stymies the development of new charities, and injects tax bureaucrats into the arena of social policymaking; the provinces should instead assert their constitutional power in this area.

For the study, go to http://www.cdhowe.org/pdf/commentary_300.pdf

SOURCE C.D. Howe Institute

For further information: For further information: Adam Aptowitzer, LL.B, Drache Tax, Estates & Charity Law; Benjamin Dachis, Policy Analyst, C.D. Howe Institute, (416) 865-1904, Email: cdhowe@cdhowe.org

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