Mr. Chair, you understand the problem we have.
If the witnesses cannot answer these questions, how can we correct a situation we feel is unacceptable, through legislation?
Still on this topic, I will refer to Mr. Marsland's opening statement. He stated that in 2014, there were 364 pages of legal, tax and financial legislation. For the majority of Canadians, the Income Tax Act is a madly complex legal document. I'm referring to the report of the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec, the Quebec CPA Order. Their report stated that the Income Tax Act had become an Aladdin's cave in which people get lost. Here again, the officials from the department are worsening the problem. They are increasing the size of the Income Tax Act rather than simplifying it.
Here is the best example I can give. All we have to do is look at page 17 of the document on tax expenditures and evaluations published in 2013, regarding the tax credits for disabled persons. Still today, many members have to inform disabled persons regarding the definition of a disabled person and the rights they have. It is all well and good to have a law—and I echo Mr. Albas' statements on this—but it has to be accessible to the vast majority of Canadians. Canadians have to know that this is accessible and they have to know how to access these credits. Once again, in all of these documents that were submitted and in all of the report, there is a problem. The whole issue is the accessibility of tax deductions or credits in this maze of tax legislation.