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Information & Ethics committee  That does not seem feasible to me. Furthermore, since there are so many ways of using social media effectively, I do not think banning their use makes any sense. The issue is not eliminating them, but rather looking at how they are used. I think regulations are needed. I can only

October 16th, 2018Committee meeting

Vivian Krause

Information & Ethics committee  It is the funding that has to be controlled, not what people say. Freedom of speech is very important, especially during an election. What we need to eliminate is outside funding so the outcome of the election is decided by Canadians alone.

October 16th, 2018Committee meeting

Vivian Krause

Information & Ethics committee  Sure, I'd be glad to. Let's start with Tides Canada. The American Tides Foundation, based in San Francisco, incorporated in British Columbia in the late 1990s and then changed its name to become the Tides Canada foundation. The American Tides Foundation, I think it would be fair

October 16th, 2018Committee meeting

Vivian Krause

Information & Ethics committee  These are big-picture numbers. I've traced more than $600 million that has come into Canada, mostly for large-scale conservation initiatives. Of that, at least $90 million was earmarked specifically for efforts to restrict oil and gas. That's not including 2017 and 2018. Tides Ca

October 16th, 2018Committee meeting

Vivian Krause

Information & Ethics committee  I've never used the words “mudslinging” or “dirty work”, but I would say that groups like Leadnow and the Dogwood initiative influence elections primarily in two ways. One is by what you might call framing the narrative, establishing the issues on which the election is fought. Th

October 16th, 2018Committee meeting

Vivian Krause

Information & Ethics committee  It's a combination. They refer to the synergy between offline and online, and creating what they call offline events like protests at MPs' offices, marches, etc., and then photographs of those are taken and used online. Sometimes those photos are done in such a way that it looks

October 16th, 2018Committee meeting

Vivian Krause

Information & Ethics committee  Registered charities—this is what the CRA audited.

October 16th, 2018Committee meeting

Vivian Krause

October 16th, 2018Committee meeting

Vivian Krause

Information & Ethics committee  I don't know how the CRA interpreted that, but the fact is that the CRA has come out with a report saying it audited 42 charities for their political activity, and 41 out of the 42 were not fully compliant—41 out of 42. Since then, nothing has happened. My understanding, just fro

October 16th, 2018Committee meeting

Vivian Krause

Information & Ethics committee  Good morning, Mr. Chairman. It's a privilege to appear before your committee. Thank you for the opportunity. My name is Vivian Krause. I'm a Canadian writer and I have done extensive research on the funding of environmental and elections activism. My understanding is I have bee

October 16th, 2018Committee meeting

Vivian Krause

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Sir, if you'd done a little more reading, you would know the individual who wrote that has said he's funded by the Vancouver Observer, which is in turn funded by the Tides foundation. In other words, he's receiving money as part of...or he has said he has, anyway. His name is Mar

June 6th, 2018Committee meeting

Vivian Krause

Procedure and House Affairs committee  No, that's not at all the case.

June 6th, 2018Committee meeting

Vivian Krause

Procedure and House Affairs committee  One is called the DI Foundation. That's the name of it. The DI Foundation has only ever done one thing—only ever one thing—and that was to receive money from the Tides Canada foundation, pass it to the Salal Foundation, which then funds the Dogwood Initiative, which is one of the

June 6th, 2018Committee meeting

Vivian Krause

Procedure and House Affairs committee  I'll give you a quick answer to your first question. I don't think it would be practical to make the election period long enough to keep out foreign money. Practically speaking, in the case of the previous election, you'd have to make it a two-year period, or something like that.

June 6th, 2018Committee meeting

Vivian Krause

Procedure and House Affairs committee  I don't think that lengthening the period is the way to restrict that. I think another approach is needed.

June 6th, 2018Committee meeting

Vivian Krause