Thesis Research Question:
Is it getting chilly?: How are changes in federal policy governing charities, and the changing political climate, impacting advocacy-oriented Canadian charities?
Student in M.A. in Professional Communication
Royal Roads University, Canada
advocacy, political communication, rhetoric, contention, civil society
In 2012, the Canadian federal government increased enforcement of regulations governing resources that charities devote to “political activities.” In the past several years, there has been an increase in rhetoric by government ministers denouncing foreign donors, as well as social-movement organizations working on environmental, development, and social policy issues. Environmental groups were added in 2012 to the government’s anti-terrorism strategy as a potential threat to Canadian society. Also, government funding has been cut or eliminated for some leading policy advocacy organizations with histories dating back as far as 70 years.
Using semi-structured in-depth one-on-one interviews with leaders of charities who advocate on policy issues, the research explores the impacts of regulation enforcement and changing political climate on the communication, advocacy and operational dimensions of those charities. In what ways are charitable organizations affected by, and responding to, the possibility of losing charitable status and to the shifting political climate?
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