If the federal government wished to audit the terrorist financing risk posed by a Jewish charity, started with a list of international organizations associated with terrorism that consisted predominantly of Jewish organizations, developed its plan for the audit by writing a document that cited Mein Kampf as a data point to identify risks raised by Jewish organizations, and then proceeded with its audit analysis with a flawed understanding of Judaism and by trying to link members of the charity with the list of predominantly Jewish international organizations ..
Would the audit be regarded as a thorough exercise in protecting Canada from the risk of terrorist financing? Or would the exercise be regarded as anti-Semitic and deeply flawed?
In 2014-2015, Canada experienced a rise in Islamophobia, driven by individuals spreading misinformation about Canadian Muslim organizations like the Muslim Association of Canada (MAC). The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) conducted a biased and invasive audit of MAC, and concluded with recommendations to revoke its charitable status and to impose a $1.3 million penalty. It was described at the time by lawyers with extensive experience as unprecedented and a witch-hunt. As the audit progressed, it became clear to MAC that there was a deep undercurrent of Islamophobia within the CRA, and that this bias was affecting the way the audit was being conducted. To defend the rights of Canadian Muslims, MAC filed a charter challenge in response to the CRA’s actions.
Muslim Association of Canada has made an application for an order directing the Canada Revenue Agency to terminate the present Audit, or complete the Audit in a manner that does not infringe on MAC’s rights:
Freedom of religion 2(a)
Freedom of Expression 2(b)
Freedom of Association 2(d)
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