That's why the Harper government gave millions of dollars to the Canada Revenue Agency back in 2012 to audit environmental groups as way to muzzle them. Today, that money is being spent on ongoing audits of at least 7 environmental groups. The taxmen is looking for any evidence that groups spend more than 10% of their time and resources on ill-defined "political" work.
If a group exceeds that, their charitable status is yanked, effectively shutting them down. It doesn't stop here, though.
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty confirmed Friday that he will build on this in next week's budget.
"You’ll have to wait for the budget on the exact measures that are taken. The concern though remains the same, that there are some terrorist organizations, there are some organized crime organizations that launder money through charities and that make donations to charities and that’s not the purpose of charitable donations in Canada, so we are being increasingly strict on the subject. You’ll see some more on Tuesday," he said.
3. Go after democratic rights of workers
The Harper government indicated this week it plans to rush through the House of Commons a bill to destabilize the labour movement and weaken the ability of unions to fight for fair wages and a shared prosperity.
The anti-union private member's bill (C-525), tabled by a Conservative backbencher and backed enthusiastically by Stephen Harper and his cabinet, is now at the committee stage in the House of Commons. The Conservatives seems poised to ram it through.
Borrowing heavily from Republican-style tactics in the United States, C-525 proposes that a majority vote in favour of joining a union is no longer enough while letting a minority of the membership sign a petition to trigger a decertification vote.
And by forcing a mandatory secret vote on employees who have already signed union cards, the bill makes the union certification process more difficult, allowing employers to intimidate employees.
This two-step process would put federal labour laws at odds with the rules in a number of Canada's provinces, where a "card check" of a majority of workers is enough to organize a union.
What a week (and that's not even counting the developments in Canada's corrupted appointed Senate).