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It’s time to ask what the federal parties will do to strengthen charities

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By Bruce MacDonald

Canadians will elect a new House of Commons on Oct. 21.

We’ve already seen the political parties and their leaders staking out positions on an array of fundamental issues. Whether it’s climate change, taxes, employment, foreign policy, immigration or health care, we have a pretty good idea where each party stands.

But what if we told you we don’t know what the parties’ plans are for an economic sector that employs almost 2.5 million people and directly helps millions of Canadians in every province and territory every day? Would you believe us? Well, it’s true.

I’m referring to the social purpose sector – charities, non-profits, and social enterprises.

Perhaps this policy silence is because, by and large, “charities” are not controversial. Few Canadians – and even fewer politicians – would argue against a sector that helps to protect our most vulnerable neighbours; that gives us the opportunity to express our faith; that provides opportunities for our children to........

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