UTE responds to allegations of corruption

November 8, 2011

The Honorable Gail Shea
Minister of National Revenue
7th Floor
555 MacKenzie Avenue
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0L5

November 8, 2011

THE UNION OF TAXATION EMPLOYEES FULLY SUPPORTS ITS MEMBERS IN THE FACE OF ALLEGATIONS

Minister Shea,

In response to a recent New Democratic Party demand for a countrywide investigation into allegations of corruption at the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), the Union of Taxation Employees (UTE) is of the strong opinion that the investigation currently in progress by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) does not demonstrate the need for an agency-wide probe.

The UTE remains confident in the CRA’s operations and in the integrity of its members and trusts that Canadians will do the same.

On November 3, 2011, The Globe and Mail reported that the initial investigation at the Montréal offices of the CRA, named Operation Coche, has been expanded to include offices across the Province of Québec.

Nonetheless, no evidence has been presented to suggest that the allegations of corruption require further expansion of the investigation. No charges have been laid and none of the allegations in the search warrants have been proven in court.

Furthermore, the UTE remains unaware of the reason(s) why the RCMP has chosen to investigate offices across the Province.

The UTE expects all of its 26,000 members to fully comply with the CRA’s Code of Ethics and Conduct, related federal and provincial legislation and to fully comply with the persons assigned to investigate the allegations.

NDP Member of Parliament Mr. Guy Caron stated, “Canadians expect this agency to operate with impeccable integrity,” It is the UTE’s opinion that the CRA does and continues to operate with “...impeccable integrity,” as demonstrated in the Canada Revenue Agency’s Annual Report to Parliament.

It is also the UTE’s opinion that there is no need “...to restore the confidence of all Canadians...” in the CRA because there is no valid reason why that confidence is considered lost.

Unproven allegations must not spoil public opinion of the CRA and must not interrupt the ongoing efforts of the UTE’s members.

The UTE will continue to fully support its members and protect their guaranteed rights as Canadian citizens and members of the union.

Robert Campbell
National President
Union of Taxation Employees
Public Service Alliance of Canada

c.c. Mr. Rob Wright, Acting Commissioner, CRA
Mr. John Gordon, President, PSAC