Thanks, Mr. Chair.
I appreciate the explanation, but I'm left a little bit perplexed because the actual wording in the budget bill is for a charity or for a sports amateur athletic association “that devotes any part of its resources to the direct or indirect support of, or opposition to, any political party”. That would seem to indicate that 0% of resources can be devoted to political activities, depending on how you define “indirect support of, or opposition”.
I'll give you a case. We have a pipeline going through my area. People are livid about it. There are a lot of environmental charities that are raising concerns. They're opposed to the pipeline for very legitimate reasons. The moment that they tie in the Liberal government or Mr. Trudeau to that, it would seem to me to pass that line of “indirect support of, or opposition, to any political party”.
It seems very unclear to me. I don't see this increasing the ability for political activities, but rather eliminating any possibility for political activities, depending on how “indirect support of, or opposition to, any political party” is defined. The devil's in the details here.