IN THE HOUSE ~ Question ~ Tides Canada transparency award – Prix de la transparence pour Tides Canada

41st Parliament, 1st Session ~ Context : Question Period

    M. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NPD): Monsieur le Président, les conservateurs essaient aussi de museler les critiques, en s'attaquant à des organisations comme Tides Canada qui vient de recevoir un prix national pour son leadership, sa transparence et sa bonne gouvernance.

    Les conservateurs aussi ont reçu un prix, cette semaine. C'est celui du code du silence de l'Association canadienne des journalistes (ACJ) pour le gouvernement le moins transparent de tout le Canada.

    Pourquoi cette attaque constante contre les organisations bien gérées et transparentes? Les conservateurs gèrent mal. Sont-ils jaloux de ces organisations?

    Hon. Gail Shea (Minister of National Revenue, CPC): Mr. Speaker, section 241, of course, prevents me from commenting directly on any specific case. It also protects the privacy of Canadian taxpayers, and that includes charities as well.

    Our government does understand that registered Canadian charities are very important to our society. We do encourage Canadians to donate very generously.

    We must also ensure that those donations are being used for the purpose for which they were intended.

    Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, Tides Canada has been targeted and attacked by Conservative ministers, and that is wrong.

    They were recognized yesterday for showing leadership, transparency and accountability. It is one of the best run NGOs in all of the country.

    The Conservatives won the code of silence award from the Canadian Association of Journalists for being the worst government in Canada for secrecy. This government should be learning from NGOs like Tides Canada and not attacking them.

    When will the government stop attacking Canadians who disagree with its policies?

    Hon. Gail Shea (Minister of National Revenue, CPC): Mr. Speaker, our government understands that registered charities are a very important part of our society, as I said.

    We are taking actions so that Canadians be assured that charities are using their resources appropriately. Canadians are donating to charities, and they want to know their donations are being used for the purpose for which they donated.