â€œCharities across Canada are doing incredible work in our communities, helping the less fortunate, but they've been the target of a political witch-hunt,â€� said NDP Finance Critic Peter Julian. â€œThis decision by the Liberals is a betrayal of those who voted for change in 2015.â€�
In 2012, Stephen Harper used the Canada Revenue Agency to launch a campaign of audits against charities he deemed were involved in excessive political work. In July of this year, the Ontario Superior Court ruled that the restrictions on charities violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Liberals have decided to appeal that ruling to the Supreme Court.
â€œThe Liberals promised to end Harperâ€™s attack on charities but three years later and theyâ€™re using taxpayer money to fight these anti-poverty groups in court,â€� said Julian.