Chris Warkentin, Member of Parliament for Grande Prairie–Mackenzie, called for action to improve the service provided by the Canada Revenue Agency to Canadians. A recent report from the Auditor General illuminated the Trudeau government’s inability to ensure that Canadians have access to timely and accurate information.
“This report confirms what I’ve heard from folks in the Peace Country,” Warkentin said. “On the off-chance my constituents can connect with the CRA, there’s a good chance they’re getting bad information.”
According to the Auditor General’s 2017 Fall Reports, the Prime Minister’s tax collection agency only answered 36% of incoming calls, while blocking 29 million calls from Canadians. Worse still, 30% of the time the agency couldn’t even provide an accurate response.
“My constituents work hard, are honest, and believe in paying their fair share,” Warkentin said. “The Prime Minister is adding insult to injury when he hikes taxes on middle-class Canadians, and then allows his tax collectors to ignore or mislead the very people being forced to pay for his $100 billion deficit.”
“Prime Minister Trudeau has raised, changed, hiked taxes and cancelled tax credits,” Warkentin noted. “It’s only fair that Canadians confused by these tax increases get a straight answer about tax hikes on diabetics, those pursuing post-secondary education, parents with kids in soccer and piano lessons, and of course, about his tax hike on local businesses.”
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