Environmental charities 'laundering' foreign funds, Kent says (CBC)

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    Some charitable environmental groups in Canada are "laundering" funds from offshore donors to obstruct Canada's environmental assessment process, Environment Minister Peter Kent says.

    Kent made the comment Tuesday in a wide-ranging interview on CBC's Power & Politics when asked by host Evan Solomon to clarify a comment he made earlier on CBC Radio's The House.

    In The House interview that aired Saturday, Kent said the government has been concerned charitable agencies have been used "to launder offshore foreign funds for inappropriate use against Canadian interest."

    Kent stood by that characterization on Power & Politics Tuesday.

    "Essentially what our government is doing through the finance committee is investigating allegations that offshore funds have improperly been funnelled through — laundered if you will, that's a fairly accurate word — through Canadian organizations that have charitable status to be used in ways that would be improper given that charitable status," Kent told Solomon Tuesday.

    Pressed whether the use of the word "laundering" suggests criminal activity, Kent said: "There are allegations — and we have very strong suspicions — that some funds have come into the country improperly to obstruct, not to assist, in the environmental assessment process," Kent said.

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    Well, if we are going to stop undue influence on Canada, how about we start be restricting the influence of big foreign oil companies. Then, let's block the foreign entertainment lobbies from influencing copyright laws. I'm sure that's a reasonable start. Environmental groups would be waaaaaay down the list.

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