But greater transparency, more details needed to meet this commitment
Thanks to pressure from Canadians for Tax Fairness, opposition politicians, the public and other organizations, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this week committed that “those who evade or avoid tax will not receive aid,” after rejecting that position last week.
We commend the Prime Minister for making this commitment, but ensuring it is met will require much greater transparency. Not only will the federal government need to make public details of what different corporations receive in federal aid, but information must also be made public about who owns what companies, their finances, and how much tax they pay in different jurisdictions. Earlier this month, we called for the federal government to:
- Publicly report details on all funds dispersed.
- Deny funding to any numbered or anonymous companies that don’t reveal their true owners.
- Require large corporations that receive funding to publicly disclose their finances on a country by country basis, so it can be determined whether they are evading or avoiding taxes.
Trudeau and Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier dodged providing additional commitments and details when opposition MPs further pressed them on this issue.
We’re asking our supporters to send an email to Finance Minister Bill Morneau and opposition Finance critics to ensure the government follows through on this commitment. Please sign and send in this letter yourself.
While it may be just a promise so far, it’s an acknowledgement by the Prime Minister of how important the issue is. With enough public pressure, we will get some action!
A big thank you to all our supporters who have already written in, and to the MPs who pressured the government to take action in the House of Commons. These include Bloc Quebecois leader Yves-François Blanchet, NDP Deputy Leader Alexandre Boulerice, Bloc Finance Critic Gabriel Ste-Marie, and Green Party MP Jenica Atwin, among others.