National Newswatch

New Mulroney Institute is bankrolled by billionaires steeped in scandal

Nov 30 2017 — Zach Dubinsky — A new $60-million university institute in Nova Scotia celebrating former prime minister Brian Mulroney — and being built with money he personally solicited — got a good chunk of that financing from donors embroiled in international controversy, a joint investigation by the Toronto Star, CBC/Radio-Canada and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has found. From […]

Former Liberal senator battling CRA over $350K tax bill

Nov 24 2017 — Zach Dubinsky — The Canada Revenue Agency is taking a recently retired Liberal-appointed senator to court to force her to answer questions and turn over documents as part of a multi-year audit of her tax returns. The dispute centres on $1.35 million in business losses that Pana Merchant claimed but the CRA disallowed, and comes as the tax […]

Thousands more names and companies revealed from Paradise Papers

Nov 17 2017 — Zach Dubinsky — The public will get a glimpse at the tens of thousands of names — including those of more than 3,000 Canadians and Canadian companies — in the Paradise Papers starting today. Key information from the huge leak of tax-haven financial records, including the names of offshore companies and the people behind them, is being made […]

Senator reports herself to ethics czar over CBC tax-haven revelations

Sep 22 2016 — Zach Dubinsky — A Conservative senator is taking the unusual step of reporting herself to a parliamentary ethics czar after a joint CBC/Radio-Canada/Toronto Star investigation into leaked tax-haven records found she was a director of an offshore corporation for 12 years — without, she says, ever knowing about it. As a result, Senator Nicole Eaton failed to disclose […]

3 Canadian banks served 2,000 offshore corporations, Bahamas leak shows

Sep 21 2016 — Zach Dubinsky — Three of Canada’s big banks provided services to nearly 2,000 offshore corporations since 1990 in the Bahamas, one of the world’s premier tax havens, leaked records show. The revelation has elicited concerns from a leading governance expert that they may be inadvertently aiding illicit activities. Subsidiaries of CIBC, Royal Bank and Scotiabank helped administer Bahamas […]

Canadian ties exposed in leaked Bahamas tax-haven data

Sep 21 2016 — Zach Dubinsky — Records on tens of thousands of largely secrecy-clad companies registered in the Bahamas, including thousands with ties to Canada, have been divulged en masse as one of the world’s premier tax havens becomes the first to suffer a mass data leak since the Panama Papers. The leaked data exposes the holdings of a number of […]

How Canada got into bed with tax havens

Jun 18 2016 — Zach Dubinsky — On a cold December afternoon in 1980, with MPs’ voices echoing in the mostly empty chamber, the House of Commons debated a piece of legislation that has altered Canada’s economy profoundly. Bill S-2 aimed to ratify a series of taxation treaties between Canada and countries like Spain, Korea, Austria and Italy. Also on the list: […]

Canada Revenue Agency scouring Panama Papers for possible tax cheats

May 10 2016 — Zach Dubinsky — The federal government won’t say exactly how it got its hands on the Panama Papers, but investigators are already scouring the leaked files for tax dodging, and criminal charges will eventually be laid if at all possible, Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier says. The minister confirmed Monday following question period in the House of Commons that […]

Panama Papers names to be made public tomorrow

May 8 2016 — Zach Dubinsky — They hoped to keep their business private, but some of the world’s richest citizens will instead have their finances opened to prying eyes. Confidential details of more than 200,000 offshore accounts in the Panama Papers — including the names of at least 625 Canadians — will be revealed tomorrow, in the hope that public scrutiny […]

U.S. border wall floated by Scott Walker would be logistical nightmare

Sep 1 2015 — Zach Dubinsky — When a Republican candidate for U.S. president said over the weekend that he would be open to looking at building a wall along the Canadian border, he sparked international headlines. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, pressed twice by an interviewer, made the comment as an aside during an interchange about migration from the U.S’s southern neighbour, […]