Sunday, June 05, 2005

Revenue Canada to silence Christians?

Using Revenue Canada as arm of Liberal Party

From: Holland, Mark - M.P.
Sent: June 1, 2005 2:38 PM
To: Holland, Mark - M.P.
Subject: MP Websites registered by Canada Christian College

Dear Colleagues,

A couple months ago I wrote to you about the fact that Charles McVety, President of Canada Christian College, has been registering domain names of MPs, a practice called "cybersquatting."

Previously only two of these were active -- www.josephvolpe.com and www.annemclellan.tv McVety is a strong opponent of same-sex marriage, and also believes in removing the boundaries between church and state.

It has come to our attention that many domains that were previously "parked" are now being made active. The following are now active: [apparently snipped -ed]

We have reason to believe that additional sites will be active very soon. I've attached a partial list of other MP names that Canada Christian College has registered.

Although Charles McVety is an active member of the Conservative Party, and was a delegate at the Conservative Convention in Montreal, you will note that some of the MPs who have been targetted are Conservatives. Gerald Keddy, who supports C-38, has been a particular target for harassment by associates of McVety, who have also been trying to nominate their people as Conservative candidates.

The name listed on the websites is DefendMarriage, but the actual registration is by Charles McVety using contact information of the Canada Christian College. You can verify this by doing a WHOIS search on the domain name.

Canada Christian College is a registered charity, which claims on its 2003 return filed with Canada Revenue Agency that it doesn't engage in political activities. You can find its information on this website.

Mark Holland raised this matter in caucus today. We have previously discussed this with House of Commons legal counsel, but as of yet no legal action has been taken.

We do think that some kind of a public statement is necessary, and we would be happy to discuss issuing a joint statement with MPs of any party who feel this is improper behaviour for a charitable organization. Please contact me if you have further questions or concerns, or if you would like to participate in a joint statement. Thanks.

Regards,

Richard McGuire, Executive Assistant
to Mark Holland, M.P., Ajax-Pickering
(613) 995-8614
Fax: (613) 996-1289
holland.m@parl.gc.ca