Mr. Michael Wilson’s first budget speech on May 23 included a sentence on charitable institutions that is of interest to pro-life educational groups. According to the Globe’s report (May 24):
Charitable institutions need no longer be concerned about having their registered tax-exempt status cut off when they carry out lobbying campaigns on public issues as long as charitable institutions are not actively partisan in a direct way.
The Government will introduce a measure to clarify that “registered charities are allowed to engage in non-partisan political activities that are ancillary and incidental to their charitable purposes.”
According to the budget papers, charities can now, without fear, advertise and try to influence public opinion on matters relevant to their organizations.