Fraser Institute disputes Revenue Canada contention that some of its work is not charitable - 1999-08-12
Tax Freedom Day might come much later next year for the Vancouver-based Fraser Institute. Michael Walker, executive director of the 25-year-old free-market think tank, told the Georgia Straight that Revenue Canada officials have informed him that they believe that some of the institute's activities cannot be considered "charitable" under its guidelines for registered charities.
"They're saying that the Fraser Institute engages in what they regard to be political activities," Walker said in an interview. He added that Revenue Canada hasn't told him yet which of the institute's activities fall into the realm of "political" actions.
Walker said the Fraser Institute has been audited by Revenue Canada on many occasions. He said the most recent "saga" began in January 1998, when Revenue Canada officials came in to conduct an audit and interviewed every staff member.