Question ~ lack of real action from the Trudeau government on illegal offshore tax havens

Context : Supplementary Question

Mr. Peter Julian (New Westminster—Burnaby, NDP): What rubbish, Mr. Speaker. No charges have been laid. When regular people claim something on their taxes, they are given only 90 days to prove that it is a legal claim. It has been two years since the Panama papers revealed that many of the richest people in Canada have been stashing billions of dollars in illegal offshore tax havens and still not a single charge has been laid. That is like playing Monopoly where the richest always get a get-out-of-jail-free card.

This Christmas, instead of going after everyday people all the time, why does the Prime Minister not tell his minister to go after illegal offshore tax havens for a change?

L’hon. Diane Lebouthillier (ministre du Revenu national, Lib.): Monsieur le Président, dans nos trois derniers budgets, nous avons investi plus de 1 milliard de dollars pour donner les outils à l'Agence du revenu afin qu'elle s'attaque aux fraudeurs de l'impôt.

En ce qui a trait aux Panama Papers, l'Agence a identifié plus de 3 000 entités étrangères associées à plus de 2 600 propriétaires bénéficiaires qui ont des liens avec le Canada. L'Agence a déjà vérifié 80 % de ceux-ci. Nous avons fait le choix de resserrer les règles du programme des divulgations volontaires. La trappe se referme.

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