May 24, 1984 (32nd Parliament, 2nd Session)

PC

Henry Perrin Beatty

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Perrin Beatty (Wellington-Dufferin-Simcoe):

Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the Minister of National Revenue. It concerns the economic intelligence network of his Department, which appears to have been set up by someone who has seen too many B movies and felt it was necessary to
May 24, 1984

have a group of gum shoes within the tax Department. In view of the fact that his chief of audit, Mr. Robertson, said that the group was killed because he found it frightening in its perception, why was the group ever established in the first place? Was it established with the knowledge of the then Minister? Precisely what was the nature of the information which the group hoped to get from External Affairs, the RCMP, FIRA, Statistics Canada, Energy, Mines and Resources, and from informers?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NATIONAL REVENUE
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