Mayor Patrick Brown Releases Statement on Charter Challenge Launched by Faith Based Charity

April 13, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Saskatoon, SK – Today, Mayor Patrick Brown issued the following statement regarding the announcement of a prominent faith based charity to launch a Charter of Rights challenge against the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA):

“Tomorrow is the 40th anniversary of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. One of Canada’s most foundational Charter rights is religious freedom.

“Since 2015, the Canada Revenue Agency has undertaken an extensive audit of a prominent faith based organization. During this time, the CRA has made several allegations that could be deemed to be discriminatory to their faith, specifically, Islamophobic.

“Justin Trudeau deemed the issue serious enough to have an ombudsperson conduct a systemic examination to address this issue, in response to this being the top issue for many attendees of the National Summit on Islamophobia. However, there has been no resolution, and today the organization has announced that they plan to launch a Charter challenge to have their concerns addressed. 

“It is shameful that Justin Trudeau let it get this far. Islamophobia is a real concern for many Canadians, poses a risk to maintaining Canada’s pluralism, and our federal government must do more to combat it. Justin Trudeau’s indifferent approach to the concerns surrounding this audit is arguably making things worse. 

“On the 40th anniversary of the Charter, I call upon the federal government to address these allegations and bring swift resolution to this issue.

“I have always fought for religious freedom for all Canadians, and will continue to do so as Prime Minister.”

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