Tenth International Conference on War Tax Resistance and Peace Tax Campaigns - Brussels, Belgium 2004

CONSCIENCE CANADA (CC) and NOS IMPÔTS POUR LA PAIX (NIPP)

2002-2004 

Introduction

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Following a difficult period between 2001-2002, both CC and NIPP, its Quebec counterpart, were close to discontinuing their work.  Given the context of international terrorism and war in Afghanistan, a separate decision was taken by both groups to pursue their activities. At that time, the question was raised as to whether these two non-governmental organizations dealing with the question of fiscal conscientious objection, CC in English throughout Canada and NIPP in French mainly in Quebec, should function as a single group in the two official languages of Canada. A certain number of volunteers are active in both organizations which, nonetheless, produce separate newsletters and function mainly through separate email addresses and websites.  While deciding to maintain  their autonomy, both groups work in close collaboration, especially on establishing Peace Tax legislation by passing into law a Conscientious Objection Act, which recognizes the right of conscientious objectors to not pay for the military but to apply that portion of their taxes that was to be used for military purposes towards peaceful, non military purposes within the powers of Parliament. 

The following report covers both organizations.

War Tax Resistance and Active War Tax Resisters

Activities undertaken

Public meetings, speakers, seminars, websites

Membership

Newsletters

Conclusion

Both CC and NIPP see themselves as prophetic movements questioning society on the ideal of peace and non-violence and working on what appears to be a slow but which in fact is a  steadfast pace, growing as new commitments and energies become available.  Both groups embrace the challenge of accepting responsibility for proposing concrete steps toward creating peace and ending our complicity in war.

One of the questions raised by both groups is why the masses who participated in the anti-war demonstrations (up to 250,000 participants on numerous occasions in Montreal during the Spring of 2003) have shown, up to now, little interest in supporting or becoming members of our organizations.