Anti-oilsands group confirms it's being audited by CRA

The headquarters of the Canada Revenue Agency is photographed in Ottawa, November 4, 2011. (Chris...

The headquarters of the Canada Revenue Agency is photographed in Ottawa, November 4, 2011. (Chris Roussakis/QMI Agency)

Daniel Proussalidis, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:05 PM ET

OTTAWA - An anti-oilsands environmental group admits it could be close to losing its charitable status amid an on-going audit by Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

"They have told us that, yes, more or less that they consider that things that we've been doing for 30 years are things that they now feel are not charitable," Tim Gray, executive director of Environmental Defence, said Tuesday.

On its website, the organization says it supports "putting a wrench in the plans" of energy companies trying to expand oilsands production and campaigns against coal-burning power plants and toxins in cosmetics.

Gray says his group has been under CRA review for a year-and-a-half, but there's no decision yet on whether it should lose its charitable status for exceeding the legal limit for a charity's political activities.

"They reviewed all of our materials," said Gray. "That's what they have the prerogative to do as CRA."

 


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