Prevention of Radicalization through Foreign Funding Act

An Act respecting the prevention of radicalization through foreign funding and making related amendments to the Income Tax Act

Sponsor

Tony Clement  Conservative

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)

Status

Second reading (House), as of Oct. 23, 2017

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Summary

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This enactment makes it an offence for a religious, cultural or educational institution to accept money or other valuable consideration from a foreign state if the Governor in Council is satisfied that there are reasonable grounds to believe that the foreign state promotes religious intolerance, subjects its citizens to torture or other cruel punishment or engages in activities that support radicalization. Institutions are also prohibited from accepting money or other valuable consideration from entities and individuals that have certain links to such a foreign state.

In addition, the enactment makes related amendments to the Income Tax Act to provide that the acceptance of money or other valuable consideration in contravention of the Prevention of Radicalization through Foreign Funding Act is a ground on which the Minister of National Revenue may refuse or revoke the status of registered charity or association.

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Prevention of Radicalization through Foreign Funding ActRoutine Proceedings

October 17th, 2017 / 10:05 a.m.
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Conservative

Tony Clement Conservative Parry Sound—Muskoka, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-371, An Act respecting the prevention of radicalization through foreign funding and making related amendments to the Income Tax Act.

Mr. Speaker, it is an honour to present my very first private member's bill, the prevention of radicalization through foreign funding act. This legislation would provide a powerful tool to stem the flow of funding from foreign groups that promote radicalization and extremism in Canada.

This bill deals with the so-called secret laws relating to the funding of organizations and institutions in Canada that support radicalization.

Security experts and anti-radicalization representatives, including members of the Muslim community, are calling for greater scrutiny of funds intended to support radicalization.

The bill sets out a schedule of foreign states, extending to individuals and entities that suppress religious freedom, impose punishments for religious beliefs, or have engaged in or facilitated activities that promote extremism, terrorism, and radicalization. Canadian individuals and institutions would be prohibited from accepting money or gifts from any state, individual, or entity listed on the schedule.

My sincere hope is that the government will see the practical value of the bill and give it full and thoughtful consideration.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)