The federal government's 2018-19 budget has been released, and it contains a rather unexpected surprise.
Attached to all the usual financial plan is a 78-page annex. While few people will ever read this document, it contains an unusual provision. This provision seeks to create a legal mechanism to share the confidential tax information of Canadians with more than three dozen foreign governments, including the U.S., Russia, and China.
The government says this is necessary to aid in the fight against global crimes, such as terrorism, money laundering and drug dealing.
But if that's the case, then we are left wondering why this controversial provision was so curiously buried in the fine print of a much larger document, and asking how our privacy rights as Canadians will be protected.
You can read the full article, which appears in The Georgia Straight, here.