Yes .... it does look very, very much like it! This is not good for Freedom of Speech, not good at all! If the Conservative govt is behaving in this unwholesome fashion, take it for granted that when the Liberal govt. comes back into power, that party too will do similar stuff to take their revenge on what the Harper govt. is doing while at the reins.
Politicians playing dirty and who suffers? We the People.
Today they come for birdwatchers, tomorrow they might come for bloggers.
Always speak up for the victims, ALWAYS .... otherwise there will be no one left to speak for you.
Dean Beeby writing at CBCNews:
Revenue Canada targets birdwatchers for political activity
Canada Revenue Agency issues warning letter to wildlife club to curb any political activities
A small group of nature lovers in southern Ontario enjoy spending weekends watching birds and other wildlife, but lately they're the ones under watch — by the Canada Revenue Agency.
The Kitchener-Waterloo Field Naturalists, a registered charity, is apparently at risk of breaking tax agency rules that limit so-called political or partisan activities.
Earlier this year, tax auditors sent a letter to the 300-member group, warning about political material on the group's website.
The stern missive says the group must take appropriate action as necessary "including refraining from undertaking any partisan activities," with the ominous warning that "this letter does not preclude any future audits."
A copy of the five-page March 11 letter, signed by Valerie Spiegelman of the charities directorate, was obtained by CBC News.
Officials in the naturalist group are declining comment about the cannon shot across the bow, apparently for fear of attracting more attention from the tax agency.
But longtime member Roger Suffling is speaking up, saying the issue is about democratic freedom and not about arcane tax rules.
"Effectively, they've put a gag on us," he said in an interview, noting that the letter arrived just after the club had written directly to two federal cabinet ministers to complain about government-approved chemicals that damage bee colonies.
"You can piece together the timing," said Suffling, an adjunct professor at the University of Waterloo. "The two things are very concurrent."......