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National Philanthropy Day Vote Postponed Until Fall 2008

(June 30, 2008) Despite a deluge of support from AFP members and fundraisers across Canada, the House of Commons failed to vote on Bill S-204, the National Philanthropy Day (NPD) legislation.

While the bill had been widely expected to receive consideration and ultimately be approved, unrelated and unexpected administrative matters held the bill up in the House Procedure Committee.

As a result, the bill will not be debated until the next session, likely in late September.  

The bill still has a very good chance of passage, and AFP has many opportunities to work with Members of Parliament (MPs) throughout the year.  Over the summer, all MPs and Senators will be touring their ridings and holding barbecues, town halls and other events, so many of you will have ample opportunities to encourage them in person to support the NPD legislation.

In the meantime, AFP wishes to thank all of its members who contacted their MPs in support of the bill. AFP understands that many fundraisers talked with several offices about the bill, and we very much appreciate their work.

AFP also would like to thank Senator Jerahmiel S. Grafstein (Liberal, Metro Toronto), Senator Terry M. Mercer (Liberal, Northland Halifax), Mr. Michael Savage (MP, Liberal, Dartmouth-Cole-Harbour), and all of their staff for the continued hard work and dedication on this legislation.  

For talking points and additional information, click here.

Questions can be directed to Jason Lee, director, government relations, at

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