Recently the four Liberal members of the Finance Committee wrote to Canada’s Auditor General and asked her to determine whether the foundation of the income trust tax, namely the unproven assertion that income trusts cause tax leakage, is true or false.
Evidently these elected members of Parliament took the Auditor General at her word and the mantra posted on her website that “Parliamentarians need objective fact based information on how well the government raises its funds (taxes).”
Sheila Fraser has proven herself to be derelict in her duty to Canadians and to Parliamentarians when she refused to perform this audit of alleged tax leakage. So which Parliamentarians is she referring to in her statement above if not the four Liberal members of the Finance Committee? Perhaps it's time for Stephane Dion to write a follow-up letter to Sheila Fraser and rattle her chain and demand that she perform her role.
Perhaps Sheila Fraser has become politicized in her role as Canada’s Auditor General. Meanwhile other groups joined in the Liberals call to the Auditor General to perform her role, like the Coalition of Energy Trusts, who represent 20% of Canada’s oil patch and the Canadian Association of Income Trust Investors, who represent the interests of the 2.5 million investors who lost $35 billion. Separately the Green Party had called for a public inquiry into alleged tax leakage.
And what does Sheila Fraser do? Nothing. Nada. Squat. SFA: Sweet Fraser All.
Perhaps she needs to take a lesson from Election Commissioner William Corbett and conduct a raid of the Finance Department and get the numbers behind the 18 pages of blacked out documents as proof of alleged tax leakage. Is Sheila Fraser not just a little bit curious that these 18 pages provided under the Access to Information Act were demanded too be returned by the Finance Minister?
RCMP raids Tory office for election file
GLORIA GALLOWAYAND CAMPBELL CLARK
Globe and Mail
April 16, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Posted by Fillibluster at 9:04 AM