Academics protest audit of CCPA

September 16, 2014

A group of more than 400 academics have signed an open letter to the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) in opposition to an audit of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). The group alleges that the audit is politically motivated and that the CCPA was targeted for its left-leaning perspective. According to reports, the CRA had justified the audit of the CCPA by claiming that the material on its website was “biased” and “one-sided.” But critics of the audit say that the organization was singled out for its criticism of the Conservative Party of Canada. “It hit a raw nerve among academics,” said organizer Louis-Philippe Rochon, an economist at Laurentian University. “The idea that if we reach a conclusion other than the official doctrine of the government, our research is somehow biased and political.” The CCPA, like many think-tanks in Canada, is registered as an educational charity and as such is prohibited from engaging in partisan activities such as endorsing candidates for public office. Globe and Mail | National Post | CTV News