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(Campaign Life Coalition) – Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government is ignoring the pleas of some fifteen thousand Canadians who are demanding that the government not strip pro-life pregnancy centers of their charitable tax status. The Prime Minister’s finance minister recently responded to the petitioners, telling them that despite their concerns, the “Government of Canada is committed to taking action” against pro-life organizations.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Chrystia Freeland, said in her response to the pleas that “all Canadians should have the information they need to freely make decisions over their own bodies.” She added that “registered charities that provide reproductive health services are required to provide ACCURATE, JUDGEMENT FREE and EVIDENCE-BASED [caps original] information to women with respect to their rights and options at all stages of their pregnancy.”
“In this regard, the Government has committed to introducing amendments to the Income Tax Act to ensure that organizations that provide dishonest counselling to pregnant women are ineligible for charitable registration,” she added.
News of Freeland’s response comes at a time when an investigation by Rebel News reveals levels of government corruption in Trudeau’s move against pro-life pregnancy centers.
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It was near the end of last year that Canadians started petitioning the government not to strip pro-life organizations of their charitable status. This was in reaction to a Liberal 2021 election campaign promise to revoke the charitable status of pro-life establishments, such as crisis pregnancy centers. The Liberals said that, if re-elected, they would “no longer provide charity status to anti-abortion organizations that provide dishonest counselling to women about their rights and about the options available to them at all stages of the pregnancy.”
David Cooke, Campaigns Manager for Campaign Life Coalition (CLC), commented at the time that if the Liberals fulfilled their promise, revoking charitable status could easily be expanded to include other groups including churches, ministries, missions, camps, Christian colleges, and schools.
“I believe that revoking the charitable status of Crisis Pregnancy Centers is just the first step. The Trudeau Liberals are on the warpath to shut down every single charity in Canada that voices any pro-life beliefs whatsoever,” he said.
CLC created a petition asking Members of Parliament (MP) to do everything in their power to “oppose any bill, motion, or regulatory policy that seeks to penalize Crisis Pregnancy Centers in Canada.” The petition was signed by over twelve thousand people, and was presented to MPs at a November 24 rally on Parliament Hill that was organized by CLC. At the rally, MPs Leslyn Lewis, Cathay Wagantall, and Arnold Viersen promised to do everything in their power to protect crisis pregnancy centres from the Prime Minister’s plans.
Various paper petitions to the House of Commons by over three thousand citizens (here and here) also called on MPs to do “everything in their power to prevent, block, organize against, and vote against any effort by the government to revoke the charitable status of pro-life organizations in Canada.”
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These petitions have been read forty times in the House of Commons by pro-life MPs since mid-December. The MPs reading the petitions include: Mel Arnold (North Okanagan—Shuswap), Kelly Block (Carlton Trail—Eagle Creek), Frank Caputo (Kamloops—Thompson—Cariboo), Damien C. Kurek (Battle River-Crowfoot), Ted Falk (Steinbach), Garnett Genuis (Sherwood Park—Fort Saskatchewan), Leslyn Lewis (Haldimand—Norfolk), Kelly McCauley (Edmonton West), Glen Motz (Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner), Mark Strahl (Chilliwack—Hope), Shannon Stubbs (Lakeland), John Williamson (New Brunswick Southwest), Arnold Viersen (Peace River—Westlock), and Bob Zimmer (Prince George—Peace River—Northern Rockies).
The first MP to submit a petition on this topic to the House of Commons was Garnett Genuis on December 16, 2021. Minister Freeland responded to his petition at the end of January, and has responded to subsequent petitions by various MPs with the same response.
Despite strong opposition from so many citizens, Prime Minister Trudeau instructed Freeland in mid-December to “introduce amendments to the Income Tax Act to make anti-abortion organizations that provide dishonest counselling to pregnant women about their rights and options ineligible for charitable status.”
CLC National President Jeff Gunnarson commented at the time that “Trudeau is attacking the epitome of what it means to be charitable.”
“Pregnancy resource centers help tens of thousands of new moms and pregnant moms in crisis each year. They give of their donated resources and ask for nothing but the ability to offer their donors a charitable tax receipt. With this mandate, Mr. Trudeau, a self-proclaimed feminist, is attacking mothers and babies at their most vulnerable stage in life,” he said in a press release.
Reacting to the news of Freeland’s response, CLC’s Cooke commented that when the Trudeau Liberals talk about “dishonest” organizations, they are the ones, in fact, being dishonest.
“The Trudeau Liberals say they want to clamp down on ‘dishonest pro-life charities.’ That sounds reasonable to most people. Who wants to allow a dishonest charity to continue? However, the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) already screens for fraud and would close down a fraudulent charity like a shot. The real issue is the Liberals’ new ‘definition’ of ‘dishonest,’ which for them essentially means an organization not promoting or endorsing abortion. The Liberals actually see all genuinely pro-life charities as dishonest,” he said.
“It is not only false to portray pro-life pregnancy care centres this way, but it is extremely dishonest,” he added.
Cooke said that despite winning the 2021 Federal election, the Trudeau Liberals have no right or mandate to attack honest, hardworking pro-life organizations that only exist to help women.
This time last year, Justin Trudeau and his media allies were at the forefront of falsely accusing Catholic institutions of having buried Indigenous children in mass graves at various residential schools across Canada.
There was and is no credible evidence to support these wild accusations, but many Canadians are still unaware of the facts.
SIGN to demand an apology from Justin Trudeau for promoting the "mass grave" smear
The anger generated by the media at home and abroad saw over twenty Canadian churches burned, and extensive damage done to many more, but the record has never been set straight in what amounts to a disinformation campaign.
Terry Glavin at the National Post recently wrote a masterful piece that may go down in history as the definitive “debunking” of the assertions about the mass graves that never were.
Glavin points out that “nothing new was added to the public record” concerning the history of residential schools in Canada.
“The legacy of the schools had already been exhaustively explored in the testimony of hundreds of elders and a series of inquiries, public hearings, criminal cases, settlements and federal investigations going back decades. Most important of these efforts were the widely publicized undertakings of the 2008-2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC), and the content of its voluminous findings,” Glavin wrote.
“…[N]ot a single mass grave was discovered in Canada last year,” he added.
“The several sites of unmarked graves that captured international headlines were either already-known cemeteries, or they remain sites of speculation even now, unverified as genuine grave sites.”
“Not a single child” accounted for during the extensively researched commission “was located in any of these places,” Glavin underscored.
“In none of these places were any human remains unearthed.”
SIGN and SHARE the petition calling on Justin Trudeau to set the record straight.
Even Trudeau's kneeling at what was reported upon as a just-discovered residential school burial ground was a lie - it was actually a well-known Catholic cemetery, but the media didn't let these details get in the way of reinforcing their narrative.
Trudeau also called on Pope Francis to come to Canada and apologize for what had happened, as outlets like Reuters, the New York Times and scores more told the world that “nearly 1000 bodies” had been found in two mass graves.
Those online articles were quietly edited from "mass graves" to "unmarked graves", but we still have the Twitter posts from major outlets like Reuters to prove the staggering level of misinformation.
SIGN: Justin Trudeau must tell Canadians the truth - there were no mass graves
According to an extensive investigation by Professor Emeritus Jacques Rouillard from the Université de Montréal: “The ‘discovery’ was first reported last May 27 (2021) by Tk’emlúps te secwépemc First Nation Chief Rosanne Casimir after an anthropologist, Sarah Beaulieu, used ground-penetrating radar in a search for the remains of children alleged by some to be buried there.”
“Her preliminary report is actually based on depressions and abnormalities in the soil of an apple orchard near the school – not on exhumed remains.”
Professor Rouillard opined that the unverifiable narrative of what could have amounted to child-murder has led to the false assertion of genocide, an assertion without any supporting evidence.
“By never pointing out that it is only a matter of speculation or potentiality, and that no remains have yet been found, governments and the media are simply granting credence to what is really a thesis: the thesis of the ‘disappearance’ of children from residential schools,” Rouillard wrote.
“And all of this is based only on soil abnormalities that could easily be caused by root movements, as the anthropologist herself cautioned in the July 15 press conference.”
The vast majority of Canadians have been misled by the media and Mr. Trudeau, believing the most incredible smears imaginable, leading to scores of attacks on churches around the country.
It's time we heard the truth.
Please sign the petition today.
We are also cc'ing Canada's Catholic bishops on this petition - they must also demand the record be corrected, lest Canadians continue believing the mainstream media's disinformation.
For More Information:
How the world's media got it wrong on residential school graves - National Post
Trudeau lied about the bogus mass grave story - LifeSiteNews
Trudeau's narrative was a hoax - LifeSiteNews
**Photo: St. Jean Baptiste Church in Morinville burned to the ground on June 30, 2021**
“Most voters were not even aware of Trudeau’s policy commitment to attack crisis pregnancy centers. Just being elected does not give Trudeau the right to de-certify charities that have already gone through the rigorous and highly-scrutinized process of securing charitable status in Canada. Politics needs to stay out of the charitable screening process entirely,” he said.
A recent deep-dive investigation by Rebel News uncovered that Mr. Trudeau began his attack on stripping pro-life pregnancy centers of their charitable status even before winning the election. Rebel News investigator, Sheila Gunn Reid, discovered through an access to information request on this topic that the Trudeau government had already been negotiating with the CRA to move on this file even before winning the election.
The documents uncovered by Rebel News (read the documents here) show the Trudeau government in early September, prior to winning the election, reaching out to the CRA and giving them a “heads up” about “compliance considerations” regarding implementation of the “anti-abortion item.”
Rebel News reported the following about its findings: “By November, Finance was putting material together and seeking input from CRA — though only from people with Secret clearance: ‘Do we have the necessary tools.’ A further email hints at ‘another secret finance request’ linked to compliance and ongoing audits ‘and it’s not to be discussed beyond the 3 of us.’ The rest of the emails regarding the secret meetings are redacted.”
Gunn Reid commented that the documents suggest government interference with the Canadian Revenue Agency, and reeks of corruption.
Who in the Liberal government is tampering with the CRA’s independence? Who is weaponizing the tax collectors to go after Justin Trudeau’s ideological enemies for the crime of wanting to help women and girls?
Newly uncovered documents from pro-life researcher, Patricia Maloney, reveal that the CRA made it clear to the Trudeau government that it was not within its jurisdiction to revoke the charitable status of pro-life organizations. Maloney uncovered this information also through a freedom of information request. The documents show that when the CRA was asked about weighing in on the matter, it referred the matter to the Department of Finance, stating that the CRA can only judge whether or not an “activity of a charity is acceptable” based on current “common law” found in the Income Tax Act. The CRA added that it cannot make the law, only apply it, stating that “legislative changes to the Act are the responsibility of the Department of Finance Canada.”
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“So clearly,” commented Maloney, “CRA will not do anything about Justin Trudeau’s hateful, discriminatory, mean-spirited, devoid of merit, election promise.” Maloney said that she is now waiting for documents from the Department of Finance that she hopes will reveal what Trudeau’s next move might be.
Meanwhile, Gunn Reid said in a video about her findings in the documents she uncovered that she would love for the Liberals to tell her how it is “dishonest” for pro-life pregnancy centers to tell a woman that “‘it will be hard to raise a child’ but also that she is perfectly capable of raising a child and that there will be help if she wants it.”
“I think, in fact, that the Liberal’s position is infantilizing and demeaning. I mean, it’s demeaning to tell a woman that there’s only one acceptable option [namely, abortion] available to them because they’re not capable of raising their child,” she commented.
Whatever one’s view is on abortion, Gunn Reid said, helping vulnerable women and girls who are in a crisis, “that’s actual charity.”
CLC’s petition to stop the Liberals from removing the charitable status from crisis pregnancy centres can be found here. This petition remains open and can still be signed and shared.
Reprinted with permission from Campaign Life Coalition