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Update: A Petition of Academics Against the CCPA Audit

A guest blog post from Mario Seccareccia and Louis-Philippe Rochon.

After learning that the Canada Revenue Agency is auditing  the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives  on the grounds that it allegedly engages in politically partisan, biased and one-sided research activity,  a number of university professors  have drawn up an open letter asking the Minister of National Revenue place a moratorium on its audits of all the various think-tanks that claim charitable status, until such time when truly neutral criteria can be implemented in the selection and conduct of  fair, transparent and even-handed periodic audits.  Audits should be focused on the financial management and integrity of the organization, not on the content of the research it conducts.  Why single out only one such research centre that happens to be more critical of government policy?

The open letter (below) was drafted by Professors Louis-Philippe Rochon (Laurentian University) and Mario Seccareccia (University of Ottawa) after consulting with a couple of colleagues from the PEF, namely Professor Marc Lavoie.  It has circulated only over the last few days across Canada.  The  enormous support from hundreds of Canadian professors across disciplines has far exceeded all expectations.   The list of signatories as of noon September 14 follows the open letter.  Professor Louis-Philippe Rochon can be reached by e-mail at: lprochon2003@yahoo.com, and Professor Mario Seccareccia at: Mario.Seccareccia@uOttawa.ca.

Thank you for your support. 

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An Open-Letter to:

The Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, P.C., Q.C.

Minister of National Revenue

c.c.: Kathy Hawara, Director General of the Charities Division, Canada Revenue Agency

Dear Minister Findlay,

Recently, we were informed through reports in a number of newspapers that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has undertaken an audit of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) on the grounds that it allegedly engages in politically partisan, biased and one-sided research activity.

While we understand the need to prevent abuses of the charitable status, we are rather perplexed at CRA’s decision to perform the audit on this basis. The CCPA is an internationally-recognized and respected research centre, built on a solid tradition of critical analysis.  Indeed, the CCPA plays a vital role by supplying much needed reflection on a number of policies, which it has always done in a fair and unbiased way, and which respects the fundamental tools of sound research. They have produced much-needed research on many disparate topics, such as on income and wealth distribution, the hidden government support of the Canadian banking sector during the financial crisis, and an analysis of alternative federal fiscal policy implementation annually. Since these various research studies are academically all of very high quality, you can therefore imagine how this news took us by surprise.

By undertaking this audit, we feel that CRA fails to understand the nature of what academic research is all about. Research begins from a series of questions and observations, and, from there, it proceeds, following a set of guidelines, to infer possible answers.  In this sense, it contests.  All research in fact is critical, by its very definition: it tests hypotheses, seeks answers, and must be allowed to find these answers wherever it can.

But critical policy analysis does not equate with political activism, nor is it “biased” or “one-sided”, as CRA has claimed.  Researchers explore specific questions of interest, and then present the results of their research. Reaching a conclusion is not the same as bias. To illustrate, a CCPA researcher explored the issue of what would be the appropriate exchange rate regime for Canada and then concluded that a floating exchange rate was desirable to alternative types of exchange rate mechanisms because the former allowed the public authorities to conduct independent macroeconomic policies. The fact that this conclusion turned out to be similar to the policy view of the Bank of Canada does not make the CCPA researcher any more political than if the researcher would have produced that same research independently within his/her respective university.

The CCPA is not a political organization, nor does it engage in political or partisan activities.  The fact that it has criticized government policy on a number of issues does not make it a partisan organization promoting a narrow agenda.  Rather, it is engaging in serious, unbiased academic research.  It may reach a different set of conclusions from those of the government, but then, this is allowed in a free-thinking, democratic country.  On the contrary, we would argue, that such dissent should be encouraged and not stifled by such actions of the CRA.

Indeed, if there is bias, the bias seems to be mostly in the CRA’s decision to audit the CCPA and apparently no other think tanks, whose policy conclusions are friendlier toward current government policies.  We are not aware of any audits being launched regarding “bias” at conservative think tanks like the Fraser Institute; some have publicly confirmed that they are not being audited (including the Macdonald-Laurier Institute and the C.D. Howe Institute).  We are therefore left with the conclusion that the decision to audit the CCPA is politically motivated to intimidate and silence its criticism of your government’s policies.

We therefore strongly urge the CRA to put a moratorium on its audits of think tanks, until such time as a truly neutral criteria and auditing process are implemented to ensure neutrality and fairness, and to ensure that the audit process does not silence dissenting voices. Periodic audit should be conducted in a fair, transparent, and even-handed fashion across all the various think-tanks that claim charitable status in Canada, with a focus on financial management and integrity (not on the content of the research being conducted). Why single out only one such research centre that happens to be more critical of government policy? Instead of trying to muzzle and impede sound and legitimate research, it is now time for you to try to promote more effectively the public good in the form of sound critical research for which Canadian researchers are respected internationally.

Sincerely,

Signed (alphabetically by 422 Canadian academics in post-secondary institutions):

1. Teresa Abbruzzese, Social Science, York University
2. Abdella Abdou, Economics, Brandon University
3. Frances Abele, School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University
4. Zelda Abramson, Sociology, Acadia University
5. Roy J. Adams, Industrial Relations, University of Saskatchewan/Human Rights, McMaster University
6. Laurie E. Adkin, Political Science and Environmental Studies, University of Alberta
7. Haroon Akram-Lodhi, International Development Studies, Trent University
8. Greg Albo, Political Science, York University
9. Pilar Riaño Alcalá, School of Social Work, University of British Columbia
10. David Alper, École de service social, Université de Saint-Boniface
11. Sharon Alward, School of Art, University of Manitoba
12. Barb Anderson, School of Nutrition and Dietetics, Acadia University
13. Caroline Andrew, Political Studies, University of Ottawa
14. Edward Andrew, Department of Political Science (Emeritus), University of Toronto
15. Ian Angus, Humanities, Simon Fraser University
16. Joel Anthony, Biostatistics, University of Waterloo
17. Kelly Anthony, Applied Health Sciences, University of Waterloo
18. Maria Fernanda Arentsen, Littérature/langue espagnole, Université de Saint‑Boniface
19. Hugh Armstrong, Social Work, Political Economy, and Sociology, Carleton University
20. Michael Asch, Anthropology, University of Alberta
21. Tildiz Atasoy, Sociology and Anthropology, Simon Fraser University
22. Patricia Ballamingie, Geography & Environmental Studies, Carleton University
23. Mike Ballard, Information and Communications Technology Department
Algonquin College
24. Fletcher Baragar, Economics, University of Manitoba
25. Chris Barrington-Leigh, Institute for Health and Social Policy, McGill University
26. Virginia A. Bartley, Faculty of Law, Queen’s University
27. Tuna Baskoy, Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University
28. Milford Bateman, International Development Studies, St Mary’s University
29. Sara Beam, History, University of Victoria
30. Raluca Bejan, Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto
31. David Bell, Law, University of New Brunswick
32. Nicole S. Berry, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University
33. Jacqueline Best, École d’études politiques, Université d’Ottawa
34. Manfred Bienefeld, School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University
35. Greg Bird, Sociology, Wilfrid Laurier University
36. Karen Bird, Political Science, McMaster University
37. Anne-Emanuelle Birn, School of Public Health, University of Toronto
38. Andrew Biro, Politics, Acadia University
39. Katherine Bischoping, Sociology, York University
40. David Black, Political Science, Dalhousie University
41. Gary Bloch, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
42. Gregory Blue, Department of History, University of Victoria
43. John Bogardus, Sociology and Anthropology, Simon Fraser University
44. Marleny Bonnycastle, Social Work, University of Manitoba
45. Karine Côté-Boucher, Criminologie, Université de Montréal
46. Hassan Bougrine, Economics, Laurentian University
47. Philippe Bourdin, French Studies, Glendon College, York University
48. Dominique Bourque, Women’s Studies Institute, University of Ottawa
49. Susan Boyd, Faculty of Human and Social Development, University of Victoria
50. Susan Braedley, School of Social Work, Carleton University
51. Linda Briskin, Social Science/School of Women’s Studies, York University
52. Darlene A. Brodeur, Psychology, Acadia University
53. Andrew Brook, Chancellor’s Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science, Carleton University
54. Neil Brooks, Osgoode Hall Law School
55. Enda Brophy, School of Communication, Simon Fraser University
56. Leslie Brown, Dept of Sociology and Anthropology, Mount Saint Vincent University
57. Christine Bruckert, Criminology, University of Ottawa
58. Robert Brym, Sociology, University of Toronto
59. Jerry Buckland, Dean Menno Simons College, Affiliated with University of Winnipeg
60. Michael Byers, Political Science, University of British Columbia
61. James Cairns, Society, Culture, and Environment, Wilfrid Laurier University
62. John Calvert, Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University
63. Barbara Cameron, Political Science, York University
64. John Cameron, International Development Studies, Dalhousie University
65. Maxwell A. Cameron, Political Science, University of British Columbia
66. David Camfield, Labour Studies and Sociology, University of Manitoba
67. Canadian Anthropology Society
68. Eduardo Canel, Social Science, York University
69. Liesel Carlsson, School of Nutrition and Dietetics, Acadia University
70. R. Nicholas Carleton, Psychology, University of Regina
71. William K. Carroll, Sociology, University of Victoria
72. Angela V. Carter, Political Science, University of Waterloo
73. Adrienne Chambon, Social Work, University of Toronto
74. Chris Chapman, School of Social Work, York University
75. Jean Chapman, Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Concordia University
76. Lanyan Chen, Social Welfare and Social Development, Nipissing University
77. Robert Chernomas, Economics, University of Manitoba
78. Christopher Churchill, History and Global Studies, Alfred University, Alfred, NY
79. Stephen Clarkson, Political Science, University of Toronto
80. Andrew Clement, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto
81. Michael Clow, Sociology, St. Thomas University
82. Nicole S. Cohen, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto
83. William D. Coleman, Political Science, University of Waterloo
84. Ken Collier, Social Work and Integrated Studies, University of Regina and Athabasca University
85. Thomas Collombat, sciences sociales, Université du Québec en Outaouais
86. Elizabeth Comack, Sociology, University of Manitoba
87. Bruce Connell, Linguistics and Language Studies, Glendon College, York University
88. John Conway, Sociology and Social Studies, University of Regina
89. Natalie Coulter, Communication Studies, York University
90. Paul Craven, Social Science, York University
91. Marcela Cristi, Sociology, Wilfrid Laurier University
92. María Cristina Cuervo, Spanish and Linguistics, University of Toronto
93. Dara Culhane, Sociology and Anthropology, Simon Fraser University
94. Frank Cunningham, Political Science and Philosophy, University of Toronto
95. Richard Cunningham, English and Theatre, Acadia University
96. Raymond F. Currie, Sociology, University of Manitoba
97. Lykke de la Cour, Social Science, York University
98. Darrell Crooks, School of Engineering, Acadia University
99. Charles Daviau, Northern Development and Labour Studies, Laurentian University
100. Henry Davis, Linguistics, University of British Columbia
101. Amber Dean, English and Cultural Studies, McMaster University
102. Maneesha Deckha, Faculty of Law, University of Victoria
103. Jessica Dempsey, School of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria
104. Deborah Dergousoff, Sociology/Anthropology, Simon Fraser University
105. Radhika Desai, Political Studies, University of Manitoba
106. Annette Desmarais, Sociology, University of Manitoba
107. Mitch Diamantopoulos, School of Journalism, University of Regina
108. Harry Diaz, Sociology and Social Studies, University of Regina
109. Michael Dickman, Department of Experimental Sciences, Université de Saint-Boniface
110. Robert Dimand, Economics, Brock University
111. D. Dimitrova, Sociology, York University
112. Alexandra Dobrowolsky, Political Science, Saint Mary’s University
113. Joe Dolecki, Economics, Brandon University
114. C. J. Doran, Social Science, University of New Brunswick
115. Katie Dorman, Resident Physician, University of Toronto
116. Sara Dorow, Sociology, University of Alberta
117. Hadi Dowlatabadi, Institute for Resources Environment & Sustainability, University of British Columbia
118. Paul Downes, Department of English, University of Toronto
119. Daniel Drache, Political Science, York University
120. Sabine Dreher, International Studies, Glendon College, York University
121. Lindsay DuBois, Sociology and Social Anthropology, Dalhousie University
122. David F. Duke, History and Classics, Acadia University
123. Mathieu Dufour, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York
124. Peter Dungan, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
125. Emily Eaton, Geography, University of Regina
126. Patricia W. Elliott, School of Journalism, University of Regina
127. Christo El Morr, Faculty of Health, York University
128. Kimberly Ellis-Hale, Sociology,Wilfrid Laurier University
129. Peter R. Elson, School of Public Administration, University of Victoria
130. John Eustace, English and Theatre, Acadia University
131. Bryan Evans, Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University
132. Matthew Farish, Geography, University of Toronto
133. Leesa Fawcett, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University
134. Sue Ferguson, Digital Media and Journalism, Wilfrid Laurier University
135. Mark Fettes, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University
136. Maria Figueredo, Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, York University
137. Len Findlay, English, University of Saskatchewan
138. Tammy Findlay, Political and Canadian Studies, Mount Saint Vincent University
139. Alvin Finkel, Department of History, Athabasca University
140. Liz Fitting, Sociology & Social Anthropology, Dalhousie University
141. Marco Fonseca, International Studies, York University
142. John W. Foster, Sociology, Carleton University
143. Karen Foster, Sustainable Rural Futures for Atlantic Canada, Dalhousie University
144. Ruth A. Frager, History, McMaster University
145. David Frank, History, University of New Brunswick
146. Lesley Frank, Sociology, Acadia University
147. Sid Frankel, Social Work, University of Manitoba
148. Myron J. Frankman, Economics, McGill University
149. Gail Fraser, Faculty of Environmental Studies,York University
150. Gavin Fridell, International Development Studies, Saint Mary’s University
151. Tami J. Friedman, History, Brock University
152. Harriet Friedmann, Sociology, University of Toronto
153. Don Fuchs, Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba
154. Kathryn Furlong, Géographie, Université de Montréal
155. Lynda Gagné, School of Public Administration, University of Victoria
156. Marc-André Gagnon, School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University
157. Anca Gaston, School of Kinesiology, Western University
158. Jim Gerlach, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Wilfrid Laurier University
159. Lauren Gillingham, English, University of Ottawa
160. L. Good Gingrich, School of Social Work and Centre for Refugee Studies, York University
161. Maya K. Gislason, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University
162. Rebecca Godderis, Society, Culture and Environment & Health Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University
163. Luin Goldring, Sociology, York University
164. Nicole Gombay, Géographie, Université de Montréal
165. Todd Gordon, Society, Culture and Environment, Laurier University
166. Rachel Gorman, School of Health Policy and Management, York University
167. Gwendolyn Gosek, Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba
168. Matheus Grasselli, The Fields Institute, University of Toronto
169. Donald Grayston, Humanities, Simon Fraser University
170. Hirsch Greenberg, Justice Studies, University of Regina
171. Marjorie Griffin Cohen, Political Economy, Simon Fraser University
172. Ricardo Grinspun, Economics, York University
173. Julie Guard, History and Labour Studies, University of Manitoba
174. Satya Dev Gupta, Economics, St. Thomas University
175. Robert Hackett, School of Communication, Simon Fraser University
176. Ratiba Hadj-Moussa, Women’s Studies, York University
177. Judy Haiven, Management, Saint Mary’s University
178. Donalda Halabuza, Social Work, University of Regina
179. Derek Hall, Political Science/Balsillie School of International Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University
180. Peter Hall, Urban Studies, Simon Fraser University
181. Sandrine Hallion, Etudes françaises, Université de Saint-Boniface
182. Deana Halonen, Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba
183. Paul A. Hamel, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
184. Roberta Hamilton, Sociology, Queen’s University
185. Trevor Hancock, School of Public Health and Social Policy, University of Victoria
186. Roy Hanes, Social Work, Carleton University
187. Frédéric Hanin, Industrial Relations, Université Laval
188. Bob Hanke, Communication Studies and Humanities, York University
189. Stacey Hannem, Criminology, Wilfrid Laurier University
190. Lori Hanson, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
191. James Hare, Biological Sciences, University of Manitoba
192. Kathryn Harrison, Political Science, University of British Columbia
193. Trevor Harrison, Sociology, University of Lethbridge
194. Matthew Hayes, Sociology, St. Thomas University
195. David Heap, Department of Linguistics & French, University of Western Ontario
196. Terry Heaps, Economics, Simon Fraser University
197. Tuula Heinonen, Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba
198. Jane Helleiner, Department of Sociology, Brock University
199. Eric Helleiner, Political Science, University of Waterloo
200. Judith Adler Hellman, Political and Social Science, York University
201. Stephen Hellman, Political Science, York University
202. Dawn Hemingway, School of Social Work, University of Northern British Columbia
203. Roderick Hill, Economics, University of New Brunswick
204. John Holmes, Geography, Queen’s University
205. Jennie Hornosty, Sociology, University of New Brunswick
206. Ian Hudson, Economics, University of Manitoba
207. Mark Hudson, Sociology, University of Manitoba
208. Peter Hudson, Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba
209. Judy Hughes, Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba
210. Sally Humphries, International Development Studies, University of Guelph
211. Thaddeus Hwong, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University
212. Suzan Ilcan, Sociology, University of Waterloo, and Balsillie School of International Affairs
213. Shin Imai, Osgoode Hall Law School
214. Gustavo Indart, Economics, University of Toronto
215. Christopher Innes, Performance & Culture, York University
216. Andrew Jackson, Political Science, York University
217. Matt James, Political Science, University of Victoria
218. Jane Jenson, science politique, Université de Montréal
219. Rebecca Johnson, Faculty of Law, University of Victoria
220. Miriam Jones, Humanities & Languages, University of New Brunswick
221. Christine Jourdan, President, Canadian Anthropology Society, Department of Anthropology, Concordia University
222. Eric Kam, Economics, Ryerson University
223. Burc Kayahan, Economics, Acadia University
224. Dip Kapoor, International Education, University of Alberta
225. LLan Kapoor, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University
226. Rita Kaur Dhamoon, Political Science, University of Victoria
227. Larry Kazdan, Accounting, British Columbia Institute of Technology
228. Paul Keen, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs, Carleton University
229. Samantha King, School of Kinesiology & Health Studies, Queen’s University
230. Paul Kingston, Centre for Critical Development Studies, University of Toronto
231. Stefan Kipfer, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University
232. Sara FL Kirk, Canada Research Chair, School of Health and Human Performance, Dalhousie University
233. Mustafa Koc, Sociology, Ryerson University
234. Lisa Kowalchuk, Sociology and Anthropology, University of Guelph
235. Kirsten Kozolanka, Journalism and Communication, Carleton University
236. Robert B. Kristofferson, Society, Culture & Environment/History, Wilfred Laurier University
237. Rod Kueneman, Sociology, University of Manitoba
238. Peter Kulchyski, Native Studies, University of Manitoba
239. Dany Lacombe, Sociology and Anthropology, Simon Fraser University
240. Rollie LaHaye, Arts Faculty – Justice Studies, Mount Royal University
241. Rosanna Langer, Law and Justice, Laurentian University
242. David Langille, Social Sciences, York University
243. Ganaele Langlois, Communication Studies, York University
244. Thierry Lapointe, Political Science, Université de St-Boniface
245. Marc Lavoie, Economics, University of Ottawa
246. James Lawson, Political Science, University of Victoria
247. David Leadbeater, Economics, Laurentian University
248. James L. Leake, Faculty of Dentistry (emeritus), University of Toronto
249. Michael A. Lebowitz, Economics, Simon Fraser University
250. Joelle Leclaire, Economics, SUNY Buffalo State, NY
251. Paul Leduc Browne, Sciences sociales, Université du Québec en Outaouais
252. Iara Lessa, Social Work, Ryerson University (Emirita)
253. Leah Levac, Political Science and Community Engaged Scholarship, University of Guelph
254. Jacqueline Levitin, School for the Contemporary Arts (Film)/Gender, Simon Fraser University
255. Joel Lexchin, School of Health Policy and Management, York University
256. Myra Leyden, Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto
257. Ernie Lightman, Social Policy, University of Toronto
258. Abby Lippman, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health, McGill University
259. Carla Lipsig-Mummé, Social Science, York University
260. Margaret Little, Political Studies, Queens University
261. Cynthia Loch-Drake, Schulich School of Business, York University
262. Carlos David Londoño Sulkin, Anthropology, University of Regina
263. José López, Sociology and Anthropology, University of Ottawa
264. John Loxley, Economics, University of Manitoba
265. Lucy Luccisano, Sociology, Wilfrid Laurier University
266. Colleen Lundy, School of Social Work, Carleton University
267. Eleanor MacDonald, Political Studies, Queen’s University
268. Gayle MacDonald, Sociology, St. Thomas University
269. Heidi MacDonald, History, University of Lethbridge
270. Ian MacDonald, École de relations industrielles, Université de Montréal
271. Kenneth Ian MacDonald, Human Geography and City Studies, University of Toronto
272. Laura Macdonald, Institute of Political Economy Carleton University
273. Karen MacKinnon, School of Nursing, University of Victoria
274. Shauna MacKinnon, Urban and Inner City Studies, University of Winnipeg
275. Brian MacLean, Economics, Laurentian University
276. André Magnan, Sociology and Social Studies, University of Regina
277. Warren Magnusson, Political Science, University of Victoria
278. Terrill Maguire, Faculty Fine Arts, Dance, York University
279. Rianne Mahon, Political Science, Wilfrid Laurier University
280. Paul Makdissi, Economics, University of Ottawa
281. Guida Man, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University
282. David Mandel, Science politique, Université du Québec à Montréal
283. Geoff Mann, Geography, Simon Fraser University
284. Allan Manson, Faculty of Law, Queen’s University
285. Lynne Marks, Department of History, University of Victoria
286. Michael Markwick, School of Communication, Capilano University
287. Alina Marquez, Social Science, York University
288. Greg Marquis, History and Politics, University of New Brunswick
289. Fiona S. Martin, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Dalhousie University
290. Marie-Josée Massicotte, École d’études politiques, Université d’Ottawa
291. Dominique Masson, Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies, University of Ottawa
292. María Inés Matínez, French, Spanish and Italian, University of Manitoba
293. Atsuko Matsuoka, School of Social Work, York University
294. Lisa Matthewson, Linguistics, University of British Columbia
295. Stephen McBride, Political Science, McMaster University
296. Margaret McCallum, Faculty of Law, University of New Brunswick
297. Dianne McCormack, Applied Science and Engineering, University of Brunswick
298. Joan McFarland, Economics/Women’s and Gender Studies, St. Thomas University
299. Elizabeth W. McGahan, History and Politics, University of New Brunswick
300. Martha McGinnis-Archibald, Linguistics, University of Victoria
301. Kim McGrail, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia
302. Susan McGrath, School of Social Work & Centre for Refugee Studies, York University
303. Tom McIntosh, Politics and International Studies, University of Regina
304. Sheila McIntyre, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa
305. Brad McKenzie, Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba
306. Marcia McKenzie, College of Education, University of Saskatchewan
307. J.J. McMurtry, Social Science, York University
308. David McNally, Political Science, York University
309. James McNinch, Faculty of Education, University of Regina
310. Rick Mehta, Psychology, Acadia University
311. Ryan Meili, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
312. Merouan Mekouar, International Development Studies, York University
313. Margie Mendell, School of Community and Public Affairs, Concordia University
314. Franklin Mendivil, Mathematics and Statistics, Acadia University
315. Adèle Mercier, Philosophy, Queen’s University
316. Karen Messing, Sciences Biologiques, Université du Québec à Montréal
317. Michael M’Gonigle, Faculty of Law, University of Victoria
318. Tara H. Milbrandt, Sociology, University of Alberta
319. Lisa Mills, Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University
320. Suzanne Mills, School of Labour Studies and Geography and Earth Sciences, McMaster University
321. Barbara A. Mitchell, Sociology & Gerontology, Simon Fraser University
322. Douglas Moggach, Political Studies and Philosophy, University of Ottawa
323. Faisal Moola, Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto
324. Haideh Moghissi, Equity Studies, York University
325. Esteve Morera, Philosophy and Political Science, York University
326. Dawn Morgan, English, St. Thomas University
327. Marina Morrow, Centre for the Study of Gender, Social Inequities and Mental Health, Simon Fraser University
328. Jeremy Mouat, Chair, Social Sciences, University Alberta
329. James P. Mulvale, Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba
330. Allan Moscovitch, Social Work, Carleton University
331. Tiffany Muller Myrdahl, Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, Simon Fraser University
332. Jan O. Murie, Biological Sciences, University of Alberta
333. Brenda L. Murphy, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Society, Culture and Environment, Wilfred Laurier University
334. Laura J. Murray, English and Cultural Studies, Queen’s University
335. Tony Myatt, Economics, University of New Brunswick
336. Eric Mykhalovskiy, Sociology, York University
337. John Myles, Sociology and School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto
338. Eric Newstadt, Politics, Acadia University
339. Winnie Ng, Social Justice and Democracy, Ryerson University
340. Michael Nijhawan, Sociology, York University
341. Kendra Nixon, Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba
342. Liisa L. North, Political Science, York University
343. Richard W. Nutter, Social Work, University of Calgary
344. Nicole O’Byrne, Faculty of Law, University of New Brunswick
345. Anne O’Connell, School of Social Work, York University
346. Paul Orlowski, Educational Foundations, University of Saskatchewan
347. Lars Osberg, Economics, Dalhousie University
348. Gerardo Otero, Sociology and Anthropology, Simon Fraser University
349. Robin Ostow, Sociology, Wilfrid Laurier University
350. Karen Palmer, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University
351. Leo Panitch, Political Science, York University
352. Sylvie Paquerot, Études politiques, Université d’Ottawa
353. Pierre Paquette, Gestion et Économie, Collège militaire royal du Canada
354. Daniel J. Paré, School of Information Studies, University of Ottawa
355. Kate Parizeau, Geography, University of Guelph
356. Corinne Pastoret, Economics, Laurentian University
357. Viviana Patroni, Social Science, York University
358. Justin Paulson, Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University
359. Christopher Pavsek, School for the Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University
360. Mark Peacock, Social Science, York University
361. Hélène Pellerin , École d’études politiques, Université d’Ottawa
362. Patricia E. Perkins, Environmental Studies, York University
363. Adele Perry, History, University of Manitoba.
364. Nalini Persram, Social Science, York University
365. Tracey Peter, Department of Sociology, University of Manitoba
366. Paul Peters, Sociology and Economics, University of New Brunswick
367. Stephen Phillips, Political Science, Langara College
368. Toni Pickard, Faculty of Law, Queen’s University
369. Kelly Pike, Work and Labour Studies, York University
370. Robert Pitter, School of Kinesiology, Acadia University
371. Kari Polanyi Levitt, Economics, McGill University
372. James N. Porter, Sociology, York University
373. Garry Potter, Sociology, Wilfred Laurier University
374. Gillian Poulter, History and Classics, Acadia University
375. Stuart Poyntz, School of Communication, Simon Fraser University
376. Elaine Power, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen’s University
377. Susan Preston, School of Social Work, Ryerson University
378. Craig Proulx, Anthropology, St. Thomas University
379. Vernon Provencal, History and Classics, Acadia University
380. Scott Prudham, Geography, University of Toronto
381. Norene Pupo, Sociology, York University
382. Jack Quarter, OISE, University of Toronto
383. Martha Radice, Social Anthropology, Dalhousie University
384. Reza Rahbari, Sociology and Equity Studies, York University
385. Momin Rahman, Sociology, Trent University
386. Saeed Rahnema, Political Science and Equity Studies, York University
387. Indhu Rajagopal, Social Science, York University
388. Daniel Rainham, Chair in Sustainability and Environmental Health, Environmental Science, Dalhousie University
389. Dennis Raphael, Health Policy and Management, York University
390. Geoff Read, History, Huron University College, University of Western Ontario
391. Leslie Regan Shade, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto
392. Darryl Reed, Social Science, York University
393. Ester Reiter, Liberal Arts, York University
394. Graham Riches, School of Social Work, University of British Columbia
395. Louis-Philippe Rochon, Economics, Laurentian University
396. Cathy Rocke, Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba
397. Sanda Rodgers, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa
398. Cristina Rojas, Political Science, Carleton University
399. Herman Rosenfeld, Political Science and Labour Studies, York University and McMaster University
400. Jeffrey S. Rosenthal, Statistics, University of Toronto
401. Stephanie Ross, Social Science, York University
402. Abraham Rotstein, Economics, University of Toronto
403. Christian Rouillard, Études politiques, Université d’Ottawa
404. James K. Rowe, School of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria
405. Ranjan Roy, Clinical Health Psychology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba
406. Nicholas Ruddick, English, University of Regina
407. Ellen Russell, Digital Media and Journalism, Society, Culture, and Environment, Wilfred Laurier University
408. Blair Rutherford, Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University
409. Phil Ryan, School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University
410. Sherida Ryan, Social Economy Centre, University of Toronto
411. Kim Rygiel, Political Science and the Balsillie School of International Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University
412. Eric W. Sager, History, University of Victoria
413. Miguel Sanchez, Faculty of Social Work, University of Regina
414. Mark Sandilands, Psychology, University of Lethbridge
415. Rosa Sarabia, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Toronto
416. Anna Saroli, Hispanic Studies, Languages and Literatures, Acadia University
417. Sébastien Savard, School of Social Work, University of Ottawa
418. Dana Sawchuk, Sociology, Wilfrid Laurier University
419. Todd Scarth, History and Global Political Economy, University of Manitoba
420. Melissa Schaefer, School of Health and Human Services, Camosun College
421. Rita Schreiber, School of Nursing, University of Victoria
422. Rebecca Schein, Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies (Human Rights), Carlton University
423. Kelly Scott, Social Work, University of Manitoba
424. Robert Seale, English and Theatre, Acadia University
425. Alan Sears, Sociology, Ryerson University
426. Mario Seccareccia, Economics, University of Ottawa
427. Andrew Secord, Economics, St. Thomas University
428. David Seljak, Religious Studies, University of Waterloo
429. James Sentence, Economics, University of Prince Edward Island
430. Ardeshir Sepehri, Economics, University of Manitoba
431. John Serieux, Economics, University of Manitoba
432. Yasmine Shamsie, Political Science, Wilfrid Laurier University
433. Ketan Shankerass, Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University
434. Karena Shaw, School of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria
435. John Shields, Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University
436. Tyler Shipley, Department of International Studies, York University
437. David Shugarman, Political Science, York University
438. Janet Siltanen, Sociology and Political Economy, Carleton University
439. Daniel L. Silver, Jodrey School of Computer Science, Acadia University
440. Jim Silver, Urban and Inner-City Studies, University of Winnipeg
441. Derek Simon, Religious Studies, St. Thomas University
442. John Simoulidis, Business and Society Program, York University
443. Harry Smaller, Faculty of Education, York University
444. Charles Smith, Political Studies, St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan
445. Patrick Smith, Political Science, Simon Fraser University
446. John Smithin, Economics and Schulich School of Business, York University
447. Ian Skelton, Department of City Planning, University of Manitoba
448. David Skinner, Communication Studies, York University
449. Russell C. Smandych, Sociology, University of Manitoba
450. Adam Sneyd, Department of Political Science University of Guelph
451. Denise L. Spitzer, Institute of Women’s Studies and the Institute of Population Health, University of Ottawa
452. Marc Spooner, Faculty of Education, University of Regina
453. Brenda Spotton Visano, School of Public Policy & Administration, and Economics, York University
454. Susan Spronk, School of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa
455. Kendra Strauss, Department of Geography, Simon Fraser University
456. Jennifer A. Stephen, History, York University
457. Pierre Stevens , Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Dalhousie University
458. Erin Steuter, Sociology, Mount Allison University
459. Andrew Stevens, Faculty of Business Administration, University of Regina
460. Jordan Stanger-Ross, History, University of Victoria
461. Donald Swartz, School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University
462. Karen Swift, Social Work, York University
463. Almos Tassonyi, Adjunct Professor of Economics, Ryerson University
464. Luc Thériault, Sociology, University of New Brunswick
465. Hugh Thomas, Mathematics, University of New Brunswick
466. Mark Thomas, Sociology, York University
467. Laura A. Thompson, School of Education, Acadia University
468. Sonia R. Thon, Languages and Literatures, Acadia University
469. Edward D. Tymchatyn, Mathematics and Statistics, University of Saskatchewan
470. Suzanne Urbanczyk, Linguistics, University of Victoria
471. Peyman Vahabzadeh, Sociology, University of Victoria
472. Brian VanBlarcom, Economics, Acadia University
473. Anil Varughese, Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University
474. Henry Veltmeyer, Sociology and International Development Studies, Saint Mary’s University
475. J.I. Vorst, Economics, University of Manitoba
476. R.B.J. Walker, Political Science, University of Victoria
477. Glenda Wall, Sociology, Wilfrid Laurier University
478. Bruce Wallace, School of Social Work, University of Victoria
479. Margaret Walton-Roberts, School of International Policy and Governance, Balsillie School of International Affairs
480. Rebecca Warburton, School of Public Administration, University of Victoria
481. Rennie Warburton, Sociology, University of Victoria
482. Rosemary Warskett, Law & Legal Studies, Carleton University.
483. Ailsa M. Watkinson, Faculty of Social Work, University of Regina
484. C.A. Watt, History, St. Thomas University
485. David Welch, École de service social, Université d’Ottawa
486. Donald Wells, School of Labour Studies, McMaster University
487. Emma Whelan, Sociology and Anthropology, Dalhousie University
488. Judy White, Faculty of Social Work, University of Regina
489. Elizabeth Whitmore, School of Social Work, Carleton University
490. Melanie Wiber, Anthropology, University of New Brunswick
491. Sarah Marie Wiebe, Political Science, University of Victoria
492. Carol Williams, Women and Gender Studies, University of Lethbridge
493. Patricia Williams, Applied Human Nutrition, Mount Saint Vincent University
494. Janice Williamson, English & Film Studies, University of Alberta
495. Sheena Wilson, Bilingual Writing Centre and English, University of Alberta
496. Rob Wilton, Geography & Earth Sciences, McMaster University
497. Mark Winfield, Environmental Studies, York University
498. Tony Winson, Sociology and Anthropology, University of Guelph
499. Heather Whiteside, Geography, University of British Columbia
500. Julia Wong, Sociology, University of Manitoba
501. Lesley Wood, Sociology, York University
502. Andrew Woolford, Sociology, University of Manitoba
503. Thom Workman, Political Science and International Development Studies, University of New Brunswick
504. Ken Wyman, School of Media Studies and Information Technology, Humber College
505. Feng Xu, Political Science, University of Victoria
506. Matthew G. Yeager, Sociology, King’s University College at Western University
507. Hilary A.N. Young, Faculty of Law, University of New Brunswick
508. Margot Young, Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia
509. David Zakus, Department of Medicine, University of Alberta
510. Anna Zalik, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University
511. Isik U. Zeytinoglu, Management and Industrial Relations, McMaster University

 

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Comment from Liam Young
Time: September 12, 2014, 7:07 am

Get your books in order folks, because if you even look funny at the Cons, but you’ll be next!
The Cons are abusing their power and average Canadian citizens are paying the price.
What institutions exist to protect Canadians from this fascism and intimidation?

Comment from rcp
Time: September 12, 2014, 10:08 am

I can only conclude that these respected academics don’t actually read the CCPA Monitor. See, for example:

https://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/monitor/cui-bono

Absolutely nonpartisan.

Comment from Samir Gandesha
Time: September 13, 2014, 10:31 pm

This government apparently thinks that the objective findings of scientists, particularly regarding climate change, is ideologically driven because it flies in the face of their Petro-agenda. Therefore, this attack on the CCPA, illegitimate as it is, comes as no surprise.

Comment from Larry Kazdan
Time: September 15, 2014, 4:50 am

National Newswatch:

Open letter from academics calls for moratorium on CRA political audit

http://www.nationalnewswatch.com/2014/09/14/open-letter-from-academics-calls-for-moratorium-on-cra-political-audit/#.VBaoSBaGeq9

Comment from Walter
Time: September 16, 2014, 5:10 pm

Please add my name

Comment from Dr. Loren Edward Acker
Time: September 17, 2014, 11:47 am

Even a hint of using opinions arising out of academically based analyses of government policies or actions as a basis for selection by CRA of organizations to audit is dangerous to the democratic need for an educated public in Canada and is in need of immediate public investigation.

Comment from Nadine Changfoot
Time: September 21, 2014, 11:26 pm

The work of CCPA is vital for an educated public. Stop the audit.

Comment from ken.yong-hing
Time: September 26, 2014, 1:16 pm

Professor, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan

Comment from N Pernat
Time: January 6, 2015, 1:48 am

To rcp (who commented on Sept 12):

CRA is auditing CCPA for “politically partisan, biased and one-sided research activity.” To my understanding, the CCPA Monitor article to which you referred is not “research activity,” it’s an article.

Regarding the nature of research, you may want to reread the following paragraph from the letter:
“But critical policy analysis does not equate with political activism, nor is it “biased” or “one-sided”, as CRA has claimed. Researchers explore specific questions of interest, and then present the results of their research. Reaching a conclusion is not the same as bias. To illustrate, a CCPA researcher explored the issue of what would be the appropriate exchange rate regime for Canada and then concluded that a floating exchange rate was desirable to alternative types of exchange rate mechanisms because the former allowed the public authorities to conduct independent macroeconomic policies. The fact that this conclusion turned out to be similar to the policy view of the Bank of Canada does not make the CCPA researcher any more political than if the researcher would have produced that same research independently within his/her respective university.”

Moreover… “[The CCPA] may reach a different set of conclusions from those of the government, but then, this is allowed in a free-thinking, democratic country.”

I think the point was that the CRA apparently misunderstands what research is. By its nature, research itself cannot be partisan; it’s a system for pursuing and answering questions. So, the CCPA isn’t engaging in biased research activities. (By the same token, conservative think tanks aren’t either.) I hope this helps.

Comment from Keith Stanistreet
Time: January 13, 2015, 1:34 pm

I have scanned the list twice and can not find a submission from anyone at the University of Calgary. Am I to assume Mr(s). Flanagan and Harper would not allow it ? To all who did submit, thank you. So good to know that serious people are taking a stand against these outrageous behaviours emanating from Ottawa.

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