Trudeau benefits jet setters

Trudeau benefits jet setters


Well Mr. Speaker, while accusing local small business owners of being tax cheats, this Prime Minister has gone out of his way to protect the interests of his rich, well-connected Liberal friends. The paradise papers expose the Prime Minister’s close friend and chief political fundraiser as having sheltered millions of dollars offshore. Now the Bronfmans are also known for being very effective at lobbying against closing offshore tax loopholes. When did the Prime Minister learn that his friend and chief fundraiser had these offshore holdings, and that his lawyers had lobbied so hard to protect these tax havens? The Minister of National Revenue. Mr. Speaker, our government is aware that this is an issue involving several billion dollars and we’ve made historic investments of nearly $1 billion in the Canada Revenue Agency to deal with this problem. The Agency is using the information that it’s received for example from lists given by partner countries. And this is why, the Agency has more than 980 investigations undergoing and 42 criminal investigations that have to do with structures abroad and this is as of 30th of September. We will continue to work in this vain The Honourable Leader of the Opposition. Well like the issue surrounding the Finance Minister, it’s funny that things only start to happen when the Liberals only get caught. While looking out for his friends and insiders, the Prime Minister put a target on the pocketbooks of hard-working Canadians. He accuses local business owners of being tax cheats even while he’s raising their taxes, but he turns a blind eye to the loopholes his friends enjoy using. It’s almost as if there’s one set of rules for the Prime Minister and his wealthy friends, and another set of rules for everybody else. So why is it that every time this Prime Minister makes changes, it always benefits those in the jet-set life, and it always makes life harder for those in the road-trip life? The Honourable Minister of National Revenue. Mr. Speaker, I think it’s strange that the Conservatives across the way are talking about the fact that we’re not working to close tax loopholes, when in fact their government, over the last ten years, did absolutely nothing Mr. Speaker when it came to tax evasion. Even a former National Revenue Minister, Mr. Jean-Pierre Blackburn, said so. He said so publically Mr.Speaker. So I think that my colleagues across the way are fairly hypocritical. They shouldn’t be giving us lessons.