Mr. Gordon Taylor (Bow River):
Mr. Speaker, 1 have several times brought to the attention of the Minister, in this House and by letter, the plight of a constituent of mine who lives in Cochrane, Alberta. He paid $1,000 on an instalment basis to the Department of National Revenue through the Mercantile Bank in Calgary, on October 14, 1975. The Minister admits the money came to the Department, it was not credited to this man's account, and about that time it sent a $1,000 cheque back to the Mercantile Bank in Calgary because of a lack of identification. The bank says it is agreed by all that my constituent paid the $1,000 in October, 1975, and that the bank took another $1,000 to pay this same account out of this man's bank account, by order of Revenue Canada, because it had not been credited to his account.
The bank goes on to say there is evidence that the man paid the $1,000 and the Department does not have evidence it paid the $1,000 back to the bank. The bank says if it had some evidence of that, the bank would make it good. But the Department cannot come up with that evidence because the Minister says the departmental records have been destroyed. Surely, Mr. Speaker, this man should not be left holding the bag.
Subtopic: NATIONAL REVENUE
Sub-subtopic: ALBERTA TAXPAYER'S CLAIM AGAINST DEPARTMENT