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Conservative MP for Delta—Richmond East (B.C.)

Won her last election, in 2011, with 54.20% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Canada Revenue Agency October 29th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, I am a strong believer in plain language. As I said, clarity is essential in communications. This third-party evaluation was initiated by CRA as part of our effort to provide critical input into reducing red tape, and to support taxpayers in compliance.

The CRA is aligning with best practices for effective correspondence. We are taking action now. That action was started before this evaluation. It continues now through these recommendations.

Canada Revenue Agency October 29th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, regarding the recommendations referred to by the hon. member, this was an evaluation that was initiated by the agency. It was done to keep it accountable and ensure services to Canadians are constantly improving. The agency regularly receives feedback on communications. Clarity is essential. These recommendations will lead to change and improve services for all Canadian taxpayers. We are taking action.

Canada Revenue Agency October 21st, 2014

Mr. Speaker, the opposition critic for the CRA received the full technical briefing from CRA charity directorate officials, including the director general, on how charities are selected for audit and how these audits are conducted. The director general said publicly:

As I have made clear in the past, the process for identifying which charities will be audited (for any reason) is handled by the Directorate itself and is not subject to political direction.

It is shameful that this member and his party are using their own political agenda on the backs of hard-working public—

Canada Revenue Agency October 21st, 2014

Mr. Speaker, the CRA has been fully transparent on this while respecting the strict privacy provisions of the Income Tax Act. In fact, in a recent message to all CRA employees, the commissioner and deputy commissioner said, to be clear, “the process for identifying which charities will be audited (for any reason) is handled by the Directorate itself”, and like all audit activities, it “is not subject to political direction”.

Further, the director told the media that neither the Prime Minister's Office nor Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay's office had any say in the audit—

Canada Revenue Agency October 20th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, frankly, that question, being as fact-free as it is, is for the birds.

The member should know that the CRA looks at charitable activities at arm's length. There is absolutely no political interference in this process. The rules regarding charities are very long-standing. In 2012 alone, as I have mentioned before, over $14 billion was receipted to over 86,000 charities.

Charities must respect the law, and it is the CRA's obligation to make sure that they do.

Canada Revenue Agency October 20th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, the CRA is proud of what it has done to combat international tax evasion. We have unprecedented success, in terms of people coming forward on our voluntary disclosure program.

We, in fact, this year, are ahead of all of last year and will double those numbers. That shows that our drive to cut down on tax cheats and make them accountable is working.

With respect to charitable organizations, this is an arm's-length exercise through professional public servants.

Canada Revenue Agency October 20th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, it is well-known that CRA audits occur free of any political interference and motivation. Rules regarding charities are longstanding.

In 2012 alone, over $14 billion was tax receipted from approximately 86,000 charities. Charities must respect the law. The CRA has a legal responsibility to ensure that charitable dollars donated by charitable Canadians are used for charitable purposes.

Why is the NDP attempting to score cheap political points at the expense of professional public servants at the CRA?

Taxation September 25th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, I am glad the member opposite mentioned the Parliamentary Budget Officer. Just this morning he released his opinion that we were giving everything we needed on CRA for the fighting of international tax evasion and that we were getting the job done for Canadians.

Contrary to the premise of that question, and I have stated this before in the House, we are not reducing the number of our auditors, especially in international tax evasion. We have actually increased the complement by 750 since we took office. By our managerial changes, we will add another 10.

As far as charitable organizations, we will go forward. Charitable organizations in Canada need to respect the law and we need to ensure they do it.

Canada Revenue Agency September 22nd, 2014

Mr. Speaker, what is ridiculous is that the NDP is making these allegations with no facts to back them up.

As I said, the Canada Revenue Agency is not reducing the number of auditors. Again, since 2006, we have significantly increased the number of auditors at the CRA.

Thanks to our strategic investments, CRA's ability to investigate cases of international tax fraud is better than ever.

In fact, offshore voluntary disclosures, as I said, are up sixfold.

Canada Revenue Agency September 22nd, 2014

Mr. Speaker, as the member well knows, the rules regarding charities and charitable organizations and their activities are very long-standing. There is nothing nefarious going on here, other than their political agenda.

As far as the 50 managers are concerned, there is a realignment going on. There will be no reduction in the auditors. There will be no reduction in our ability to go after international tax cheats. In fact, we are driving people to our offshore voluntary disclosure program, which is up sixfold since the Liberals were in government.