IN THE HOUSE ~ why is the government still refusing to launch an investigation into the KPMG tax scandal?

You can watch the video here: https://youtu.be/KS-bkKd6Pfs

M. Peter Julian (New Westminster—Burnaby, NPD): Monsieur le Président, les données des Panama Papers rendues accessibles au public aujourd'hui montrent clairement que des Canadiens sont impliqués Cela inclut même l'ancien patron du secrétaire parlementaire de la ministre du Patrimoine canadien. Le premier ministre ne cesse pas de répéter qu'il fait de l'évasion fiscale une priorité, mais dans le dossier KPMG, il n'y a aucune enquête et aucune accusation. Ce n'est pas croyable, ce traitement à deux vitesses.

Qu'attend le gouvernement pour traduire en justice KPMG?

L’hon. Diane Lebouthillier (ministre du Revenu national, Lib.): Monsieur le Président, les Canadiens de la classe moyenne paient leur juste part d'impôt, mais certains individus fortunés évident de payer leur juste part. Ce que je tiens à dire à mon collègue d'en face, c'est qu'il y a des poursuites criminelles qui sont en cours actuellement et que ce n'est pas correct de désinformer la population.

Mr. Peter Julian (New Westminster—Burnaby, NDP): Mr. Speaker, this misinformation comes from the government. The reality is, Canadians are implicated in the Panama papers, including the former boss of the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage.

The government's words are empty unless it is willing to actually charge people guilty of tax evasion and those aiding and abetting these tax cheats.

With the release today of many more names from the largest offshore tax avoidance scandal in history, why is the government still refusing to launch an investigation into the KPMG tax scandal?

L’hon. Diane Lebouthillier (ministre du Revenu national, Lib.): Monsieur le Président, comme je l'ai mentionné, notre gouvernement dans sa plateforme électorale s'est engagé à faire des poursuites contre l'évasion fiscale et l'évitement fiscal abusif. Les dossiers sont en cours actuellement. Je ne comprends pas ce qu'il y a de difficile à comprendre pour mon collègue d'en face actuellement.

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