TAX CHARITY PETITIONS COMING IN FROM ALL OVER CANADA - MASSE TABLES PETITIONS

Hansard – March 12, 2008

Charity Petitions Tabled

Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, I am happy to table two sets of petitions. The first set is on Bill C-476 and I am glad the member for Winnipeg Centre is here.

This bill addresses the charitable tax rate in this country. It introduces more generous tax deductions for those who give to charities. It mirrors the political tax credit which is very generous right now. The bill would revolutionize charitable giving in Canada. It would make it fairer and would treat charities the same as political parties.

As well, it is of interest to note that the government has actually reduced the charitable tax rate. It has actually gone in the opposite direction. Right now we have submissions from around 200 people on this issue.