The Union of Taxation Employees Fully Supports its Members in the Face of Allegations

OTTAWA, Nov. 9, 2011 /CNW/ - In response to a recent New Democratic Party demand for a countrywide investigation into allegations of corruption at the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), the Union of Taxation Employees (UTE), a Component of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, is of the strong opinion that the investigation currently in progress by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) does not demonstrate the need for an agency-wide probe.

The union remains confident in the CRA's operations and in the integrity of its members, and trusts that Canadians will do the same.

On November 3, 2011, The Globe and Mail reported that the initial investigation at the Montréal offices of the CRA, named Operation Croche, has been expanded to include offices across the province of Québec.

Nonetheless, no evidence has been presented to suggest that the allegations of corruption require further expansion of the investigation. No charges have been laid and none of the allegations in the search warrants have thus far been proven in court.

Furthermore, the UTE remains unaware of the reason(s) why the RCMP has chosen to investigate offices across the province.

The UTE expects all of its 26,000 members to fully comply with the CRA's Code of Ethics and Conduct and other applicable federal and provincial legislation and also expects its members to fully co-operate with the persons assigned to investigate the allegations.

NDP Member of Parliament Mr. Guy Caron stated that "Canadians expect this agency to operate with impeccable integrity." UTE members at CRA operate with impeccable integrity in challenging circumstances, as demonstrated in the Canada Revenue Agency's Annual Report to Parliament.

"Our members at CRA are hard working public servants who do an excellent job on behalf of Canadians, said Bob Campbell, National President of the UTE.  "They perform their duties with the utmost integrity and are doing so under a great deal of pressure."

It is also the UTE's opinion that there is no need "...to restore the confidence of all Canadians..." in the CRA because there is no valid reason why that confidence is considered lost.

"Our members are proud of the high quality work they do on behalf of Canadians," said John Gordon, National President of PSAC.  "They would like to continue this work free from an unjustified cloud of suspicion."

The UTE and the PSAC will continue to fully support its members and protect their guaranteed rights as Canadian citizens and members of the union.  

SOURCE PSAC

For further information:

Ariel Troster, PSAC Communications Officer, 613-292-8363 (cell)

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