Liberals should rethink their approach to “tax cheats”

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Last fall during the election campaign, Justin Trudeau made another one of his infamous statements when he said that most small businesses in this country are just a way for their owners to avoid taxes. For those who are creating jobs and who own their own companies, it was a gross insult.

It was a very strange comment and came from someone who has no actual business experience.

Now we find out that Justin Trudeau has his fortune stashed away in numbered companies. No one is sure of the exact number of companies, the amounts of investment in them or how and where they pay their taxes.

What we do know is that those companies protect his large inheritance. Were his comments just a reflection of his reality – that the purpose of his companies is actually to avoid tax? If so, his comment finally makes sense.

But, his personal situation is a million miles away from regular Canadians who have built up family-run businesses through hard work and paying their taxes. This government says it is going after tax cheats; hopefully they will stay away from real family businesses and focus on the real tax cheats, wherever they are found.

David Anderson, MP

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