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Jan 03, 2015 at 07:17 AM


The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier
Minister of National Revenue
(Gaspésie-Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine)

As the former elected warden for the Regional County Municipality of Rocher Percé and owner of La Ferme du Petit Moulin, an outfitting operation, Minister Lebouthillier is profoundly familiar with the reality, strengths, and issues of Gaspésie-Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine.

Before entering politics, Minister Lebouthillier spent more than 23 years working with the clients of the Rocher Percé Health and Social Services Centre. As part of the team working for the late Georges Mamelonet, who was a Member of the National Assembly for the Gaspé, she worked on many social issues.

In her community, Minister Lebouthillier has not hesitated to give her time to a variety of organizations. She served on the Board of Governors of Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles, a general and vocational college, and chaired the boards of directors of Réseau collectif Gaspésie Les Îles and Transport adapté et collectif des Anses. Minister Lebouthillier was also the Vice-Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Les Ateliers Actibec 2000 inc.

Minister Lebouthillier is the proud mother and grandmother of three adult sons and one grandson. She earned her Bachelor of Social Work from the Université de Moncton, and in 2013, she was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by the Royal Canadian Legion for services rendered.

The Minister of National Revenue (French: Ministre du Revenu national) is the Minister of the Crown in the Canadian Cabinet who is responsible for the Canada Revenue Agency and the administration of taxation law and collection.

The Department of National Revenue was established in 1927 by expanding the former Department of Customs and Excise with a new facility for the collection of income tax which had formerly been the responsibility of the Department of Finance.

The Department became known as Revenue Canada in the 1970s. In the 1990s the department became the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency. In 2003 the department was split into the Canada Revenue Agency and the Canada Border Services Agency with the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness taking responsibility for the latter agency.

Ms.Lebouthillier is based in Ottawa. She is a Federal Liberal MP from Gaspesie-Les Iles-de-la Madeleine


She was promoted to her present position in November 2015 following in the footsteps of other luminaries holding this post include Jean Chretien, Garth Turner, John McCullam, Perrin Beatty, Herb Dwahiwal, Roy McLaren and Herb Gray amongst others.

Ms. Lebouthillier is, as most Ministers in government, mainly a figure head and the ministry is meant to oversee whilst the civil servants run the department. This is not just a Canadian government process; it exists throughout the western democratic world where our elected representatives have virtually no say in the day-to-day operations of their departments. Ministers are conduits from the higher levels of government to the civil service. The employees of each department go on from year to year, no matter which political party is in office.

As such it is hard to blame a cabinet minister for the actions of renegade employees at CRA, although I'm not convinced that I would not have signed off the record without a full investigation. I suppose however, as Mr. Warner in Belleville told us, he signed anything Ms. Dowdall placed in front of him and I have probably done the same with trusted employees. However, these actions leave the person at the top holding the responsibility and as a former President of the United States (Truman) once said: "The buck stops here."

Ms. Lebouthillier, who is obviously quite competent to have achieved her position in life, could be well advised to review the workings of her department  regarding the obvious and apparent bias that CRA Belleville are exhibiting in their dealings with our group of companies.
The Minister should take the time to review other cases evident on the internet which make it clear that CRA do in fact have a duty of care to the taxpayer and the day is certainly coming when CRA and/or the accountable Minister will be taken to task for the actions of corrupt employees wherever, and whoever, they might be.

All we seek is an independent review of what we believe to be CRA officials who are abusing their power

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