Mr. Bill Clarke (Vancouver Quadra):
Mr. Speaker, for years there have been discrepancies in the income tax treatment of musicians who are members of Canada's symphony orchestras. Some are treated as employees and are thus denied deduction of expenses and capital cost allowance, while others are considered to be self-employed and are allowed proper deductions in arriving at net income for tax purposes.
Even though the Subcommittee on the Taxation of Visual and Performing Artists and Writers was considering this very subject and has since recommended amendments to the Income Tax Act to allow deduction of expenses incurred by symphony musicians, the Minister, in the meantime, changed the treatment for Toronto Symphony members, leaving only the Vancouver Symphony members as employees denied deduction of expenses.
The Minister has received copies of the Vancouver Symphony Society telegram that was sent to the Chairman of the Subcommittee outlining the injustices and discrimination against western Canadians. I appeal to the Minister to implement the needed changes in treatment immediately, so that a measure of equity will be restored to the application of the Income Tax Act.
Topic: NATIONAL REVENUE
Subtopic: TAX DEPARTMENT'S TREATMENT OF VANCOUVER SYMPHONY