Greenpeace wants to stop the dredging of the Port of Cairns and send the people of Cairns ‘into poverty”——–Canada Leaves Greenpeace Red-Faced | Institute oAustralia needs to take action on Greenpeace , before they shut down the Port of Caif Economic Affairs——–Revenue Canada, the tax-collecting arm of the government, has refused to recognize the new Greenpeace Environmental Foundation as a charity, saying its activities have “no public benefit” and that lobbying to shut down industries could send people “into poverty.”
It’s official: Greenpeace Serves No Public Purpose.
No less a green haven than Canada just dealt the Dutch-based environmentalist group a massive blow to its credibility and fundraising efforts by denying it the charitable status it had sought for a decade.
Revenue Canada, the tax-collecting arm of the government, has refused to recognize the new Greenpeace Environmental Foundation as a charity, saying its activities have “no public benefit” and that lobbying to shut down industries could send people “into poverty.”
By doing this, Revenue Canada has performed a useful service. Its decision has sent a strong signal to the world’s green pressure groups that their tax and other benefits resulting from their status as “charities” deserves reconsideration. Canada is the first country to implicitly recognize Greenpeace as the most successful of the multinational anxiety corporations. Whether any EU country has the guts to follow Canada’s lead, and strip Greenpeace of its charitable facade, is alas another matter.
Greenpeace was launched in Vancouver nearly 30 years ago with an anti-nuclear ‘Don’t Make A Wave” campaign and was registered as a charity in 1976. Since then it has grown into a multi-national, multi-million dollar operation devoted to promoting green causes around the world. But in 1989, Greenpeace lost its Canadian charitable status amid concerns that it was not a true charity-that is, that it was not providing a discernible benefit to the public. As such Greenpeace was no longer able to claim tax exemption on its revenues and donors could not claim deductions, which resulted in some donors switching to real charities that did give tax breaks.