Mr. Douglas Fisher (Mississauga North):
Mr. Speaker, last week the Subcommittee on the Taxation of Visual and Performing Artists and Writers issued its report. It stressed fast administrative action on tax problems between Revenue Canada and Canada's artists.
At that time, I suggested, as an urgent matter, that the Minister consider refunds for artists whose files had been re-examined four years into the past. The Minister announced yesterday that he is accepting that recommendation. His Department will initiate tax refunds to those artists who can
be identified. As well, the Department will welcome enquiries from artists in cases where their identity cannot be automatically located.
The other reactions from the Minister are equally sensitive to the arts community. He has considered the subcommittee's ideas carefully and has accepted our major principles. In addition, a conference is scheduled between Revenue Canada and artists' representatives for the autumn. These decisions are welcome news, indeed, to our artists, and are a sincere and substantial beginning to the settlement of these issues.
Subtopic: REFUNDS FOR ARTISTS AND WRITERS