Text of suggested constituent message from Canadians for Tax Fairness:
Dear Prime Minister Harper:
I urge you to support British Prime Minister David Cameron’s proposed global rules to prevent tax evasion at the G8 Summit.
Federal and provincial governments in Canada are losing billions of dollars in tax revenue that is needed to fund health, education and other critical public services. Poor countries in Africa are also losing ten times what they receive in aid because of illicit financial flows facilitated by tax havens.
I understand that Canada may be blocking agreement at the upcoming G8 Summit on key measures to tackle tax havens. Why would you oppose a public registry of who are the ultimate beneficial owners of companies, accounts and trusts when this would lift the veil of secrecy that protects tax evaders and criminal organizations? Why oppose automatic tax information exchange when this could help tax authorities to go after tax cheats?
Tax havens are a huge and growing problem. Canada needs to support, not block, strong coordinated global action now to tackle tax havens.
I am also sending this message to my Member of Parliament asking that they do what they can to get Canada to be a leader, not a laggard on fighting tax evasion.