The government purposely snuck this measure deep into the budget to avoid having to answer for it.
A new report reveals that the Trudeau government included policy changes that will allow 35 foreign countries/institutions to get access to the confidential tax info of Canadians.
According to the report by Elizabeth Thompson, “Confidential information from Canadian taxpayers could soon be shared with police and authorities in three dozen countries around the world, under measures included in Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s latest budget. In an inconspicuous section tucked into a small 78-page annex to the budget, the government says it wants to give police and tax authorities new powers to fight tax evasion and advance international investigations into serious crimes, ranging from drug trafficking and money laundering to terrorism.”
Disturbingly, among those countries are both China and Russia, meaning the government can now chose to give authorities in those nations access to tax info of Canadian citizens. That’s important to point out, since the definition of a crime in an authoritarian country like China may be very different than here in Canada, and China could seek to persecute people in Canada originally from China.
To say this is a betrayal of Canadians would be an understatement. It is another disturbing example of the Trudeau government pursuing a globalist agenda that devalues citizenship and gives more power to foreign countries at the expense of our citizens.
And before people say this is about tax evasion, it’s essential to note that the government already has the ability to share tax info specifically related to tax evasion investigations. This is very different. This is new info they are giving foreign countries access to.
The report notes the concerns of Michael Bryant – the leader of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.
“If you can get something buried in the budget that nobody knows about, sometimes you can get something past without getting the kind of heat it deserves. The big concern is that Canada would be unwittingly participating in a star chamber investigation and prosecution of somebody in another jurisdiction, or that Canadians would in essence be thrown under the bus and information would be shared with other jurisdictions that don’t have our due process and constitutional protections,” said Bryant, who was also the former Attorney General of Ontario.
Here’s the current law:
“Currently, the Canada Revenue Agency can share confidential tax information about Canadians with authorities in other countries that are investigating serious cases, such as tax evasion. However, under Canadian law, the CRA cannot share that information with officials in another country investigating a crime other than tax evasion.”
Now, that will change.
In addition to expand the amount of info foreign countries can get, the Trudeau government also plans to give those 35 foreign countries we have info sharing agreements with the ability to access bank records of Canadians when approved by the Federal Attorney General, a disturbing notion given how the Trudeau government has repeatedly bowed down to China’s wishes and can’t be trusted to stand up for Canadians.
We can see that this is a huge violation of our Canadian sovereignty, and needs to be strongly opposed by the opposition.
Once again, we are being sold out by the Trudeau government, as they continue to impose their dangerous globalist agenda every chance they get.
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