This is good in a twisted way. Canadian politicians don’t go after their “own.” Real embarrassing for Liberal Senator Percy Downe of PEI to have a fellow party member in this situation.
A prominent Canadian lawyer, husband to a Liberal senator, moved nearly $2 million to secretive financial havens while he was locked in battle with the Canada Revenue Agency over his taxes, according to documents in a massive leak of offshore financial data that were shared exclusively in Canada with CBC News.
Senator Pana Merchant, left, was named as a beneficiary of a trust set up by her husband, lawyer Tony Merchant.
Tony Merchant of Regina, dubbed Canada’s class-action king because of the large settlements he has won for his clients, transferred money to a tax haven in the South Pacific and then onward to an account in the Caribbean, according to the files. His wife, Senator Pana Merchant, as well as their three sons are named in the documents as beneficiaries of the funds.
The transactions are detailed in a huge leak of offshore financial information received by the Washington, D.C.-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a non-profit group that has shared the records with CBC News and media outlets in 35 other countries. It is thought to be one of the biggest ever leaks of financial data.
A couple of links, updating this story, guilty until proven innocent OR trial by journalists:
A comment that I agree with:
This treasure trove of tax evaders seems almost too good to be true. I wonder if it’s a tempest in a teapot?
And, a couple more links on this subject, Forbes and Washington Post:
http://business.financialpost.com/2013/04/13/time-running-out-to-file-foreign-investments-with-cra/ (Jamie Golombek)
Just a little addendum to calgary411’s comment regarding T1135. Here’s an article from last year (also by Jamie Golombek) but still timely …
It’s nice to know that the Canadian justice system will bend a bit now and then when a saner head sits on the bench.
“… this Court has held that even strict penalties should not be applied if a taxpayer has taken all reasonable measures to comply with the legislation.”