It is possible - however, those declines started 8 years ago. The only real legal threat in Canada was within the past year.
It could be the org is doing asset control in preparation for upcoming legal battles.
8 years ago? Yeah...that would be about right. The Royal Commission in Australia was announced in 2012, not to mention the child abuse cases that were just getting rolling then. The org could hear the footsteps. They knew what was coming.
Just because "there was no real legal threat" to the Canadian branch at the time, doesn't have much bearing when the org was well aware that the abuse problem is global and that Canada is a cousin to Australia.
Footsteps...and astute financial planning/handling...stash the cash, boys