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Canada Senator declares war against Scientology tax exemptions

Canada Senator Declares War on Scientology
Le Journal de Montréal

Today, Canada Liberal Senator, Céline Hervieux-Payette, is quoted, "It's one thing to complain, but following through is something else," exclaims Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette, summarizing her crusade against the Church of Scientology.

The unofficial translated news story headline published this morning in Le Journal de Montréal, declares:

“Canadian senator attacks Scientology's tax exemption in Quebec”

Le Journal de Montréal is the largest-circulating newspaper in Quebec, and the highest-circulating French-language newspaper in North America that even ships their daily tabloid newspaper to Scientology’s mecca in Clearwater Florida.

Reporter, Isabelle Maher, says, “In Quebec, the Church of Scientology is considered a church from a tax standpoint, so it can issue receipts for charitable donations and does not pay school or municipal taxes on the building it owns on Papineau Street in Montreal.”

Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette states:

"We're going to put our house in order," promises the senator, who wants to have the organization's tax status reviewed.

"Scientology is not a church or a non-profit organization. It's a money-printing machine that rakes in billions of dollars. Our governments have been too lax in the way they treat it," she believes.

"If a thorough analysis had been done, Scientology would not have been granted the status of a church. Here is an opportunity for the Quebec government to find some of the money it is looking for.”

Last Friday, the 73-year-old Liberal Senator and former cabinet minister met with the senior management of Bell Media, owner of Musique Plus, to obtain assurances that commercials for the Church of Scientology will no longer be shown.

"These commercial shouldn't be presented to young people, and management promised me they will no longer accept these commercials," said the senator, who is also making the same request to Montreal's three major newspapers.

"I'm seeking a commitment on your part to reject any form of advertising for the so-called Church of Scientology. Otherwise, I reserve the right to file a complaint with Advertising Standards Canada," she writes in a letter addressed to the Journal de Montréal's management.

Scientology’s drug rehab, Narconon Trois-Rivieres in Quebec, was found liable in 3 of 5 Quebec Human Rights Commission cases recently, and Le Journal de Montréal published today:

“A few years ago, the senator complained to the Quebec government about the questionable practices of the Narconon Trois-Rivières drug rehab center, which was connected with the Church of Scientology. Narconon Trois-Rivières was forced to close its doors in 2012.”

“An investigation by the Quebec Human Rights Commission has revealed that "patients" were abused and financially exploited. Narconon has been ordered to compensate its victims, and its certification was denied by the Health Ministry.”

“The Church of Scientology is considered a cult in countries such as France, Belgium and Germany, but is recognized as a religion in the United States, Portugal and Venezuela.”

Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette does not hesitate to call the organization a cult and states on her website:

“The Church of Scientology’s rap sheet contains charges and accusations of fraud, extortion, capital flight, coercion, the illegal practice of medicine, taking advantage of mentally ill persons and murder.”

David Love