Minister Lebouthillier Announces Consultations with Charities to Clarify the Rules for their Participation in Political Activities

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The Government of Canada recognizes that charitable organizations are valuable contributors to public debate and public policy, which is why the Government has made a commitment to clarify the rules that govern their participation in political activities. It is important that charities be allowed to bring their vast experience-whether in relieving poverty, fighting drug addiction, protecting the environment, or advancing education-to the formulation of public policy and the continuing well-being of Canada and Canadians.

Minister Lebouthillier has established a consultation panel consisting of five individuals with expertise in the regulatory issues facing charities. These panel members are:

Marlene Deboisbriand, Vice-President of Member Services at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada: 
Master's of Management (McGill University) through the McGill-McConnell Program

Shari Austin, Principal Consultant at Shari Austin & Company
Master's in Practicing Management from McGill University, LL.B from the University of Ottawa, B.A. (Hons) from the University of Toronto majoring in Political Philosophy