by Daniel Proussalidis, Sun Media
OTTAWA – Tides Canada, which funds environmental and social causes, has gone on a charm offensive as Canada Revenue Agency audits it and the feds crack down on charities that are overly political. “We have absolutely nothing to hide and we’re profoundly proud of the work that we’re doing,” Tides Canada president Ross McMillan said in a Toronto speech Wednesday, though his openness didn’t include meeting the media afterward.
In his speech, McMillan tried to counter accusations Tides Canada is too political by using money from foreign foundations to fund anti-oilsands activists. McMillan said he’s seen “absolutely no evidence” his group is political, even while backing federal NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair’s claims that Alberta’s energy industry is a drain on Canada’s economy and praising Alberta Premier Alison Redford’s Canadian Energy Strategy.
He also highlighted Tides Canada’s social justice funding and released new detail on millions of dollars from American foundations for salmon and forest conservation in B.C., not anti-oilsands activism.
Still, critics were unimpressed. “They seem to think they can fool Canada by giving cherry-picked information,” researcher and blogger Vivian Krause said. Read article