moved for leave to introduce Bill C-336, an act to appoint to a taxation ombudsman and to amend the Income Tax Act to establish certain rights of taxpayers.
Mr. Speaker, it gives me great pleasure to introduce this private member's bill which I have called the taxpayers bill of rights. The actions of Revenue Canada are often consistent and fair but from time to time the administrative practices get out of hand, so much so that one of my constituents actually suffered a heart attack over some of the actions taken by Revenue Canada. Things like rights of seizure without proper notice and arbitrary change of collection arrangements are only some of the aspects which the bill deals with.
Most important, it creates an ombudsman who will act as a buffer between taxpayers and Revenue Canada.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed.)