The late Jack Layton isn’t even in his grave and the New Democratic Party has already got itself into hot water by offering political tax receipts to persons donating money to the Broadbent Institute, a left-wing think tank that Ed Broadbent, a former NDP leader, announced in June 2011.
Apparently, the Dippers are using Mr. Layton’s death to collect funds for their new venture. This from Kady O’Malley:
“Hours after Layton’s death was announced, the party added a page inviting visitors to contribute money to the [Broadbent] Institute—which was announced, amid much fanfare, at the party’s biennial policy convention last June. But as [Glen] McGregor pointed out on Thursday, the Institute itself has yet to be incorporated, which means that technically, no such entity exists to receive the money.”
According to McGregor, at the time the donation page was set up at the NDP web site, it showed a calculation of the effect of a tax credit on any donation made and gave an example: a $100 donation would cost only $25 after the tax credit.
McGregor also notes, “The money donated through the site goes directly to the NDP, though the party promises it will all go to the institute. Donors get tax credits because of the NDP’s status as a political party.
So, folks, this is a “political tax credit,” not something the Broadbent Institute would ever qualify for unless it was an integral part of a political party. At best, the institute might one day qualify to give “charitable donation” tax receipts. The tax credit on charitable donations is much less than those on political donations. Back in June when he announced his new think tank, Mr. Broadbent said the institute would be independent from the NDP party. Hmm, one would never know it.
This bit of chicanery is astonishing for a political party to try to sneak past tax authorities.
Brad Lavigne, former principal secretary to Jack Layton, reportedly said all the money donated will flow through to the Broadbent Institute, and that the New Democratic Party had lawyers look at the arrangement and they determined it is perfectly legal to offer tax deductions for donations to the party and then redirect them to the Broadbent Institute. Legal? Really.
Isn’t it interesting then that the NDP donation page now states: “It is a non-tax-receiptable donation to The Broadbent Institute.” So, was Mr. Lavigne deliberately trying to mislead Canadians when he told us his scheme had the “blessing” of NDP lawyers?
And anyway, what sort of people so politicize their leader’s death that they use it to collect money for a propaganda arm of their party. Have these people no shame?