Today, we received word that an organization linked to the oil industry, that refuses to disclose its own sources of funding, has called for our charitable status to be revoked for what it incorrectly considers the breaking of charities law. The allegation that we have violated our legal obligations under Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) policy is without basis in law or in fact. We abide by the letter and the spirit of the law and never engage in partisan activities. For 28 years, we have conducted research and education, partnered with academics and industry, and worked with politicians of all stripes to make positive environmental change a reality.
It's no secret that Ethical Oil differs with our stance on Canada's tar sands, but rather than engaging in a thoughtful debate, Ethical Oil has instead decided to impugn the integrity of anyone who disagrees with it. This does a disservice to all Canadians who care about working towards a healthier, more sustainable energy future for our country.
We will continue our work to raise awareness among Canadians about the environmental risks of tar sands development, new pipelines and other projects that pose a threat to human health and the environment. We will engage with any organization, company or government that wants to have a meaningful discussion about Canada’s energy future.
According to Ethical Oil’s complaint, voicing dissent is a partisan activity. Democracy is about having the freedom to voice dissent, and environmental organizations make sure environmental perspectives are heard. We will not be intimidated by false allegations.