The Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay,
Minister of National Revenue
Member of Parliament for Delta-Richmond East (British Columbia)
Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay was first elected to the House of Commons in May 2011 and was appointed Minister of National Revenue in July 2013. She is accountable to Parliament for all Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) activities, including administering the Income Tax Act, the Excise Tax Act, and 16 other acts. She makes sure that the CRA upholds the highest standards of fairness and integrity when dealing with taxpayers and benefit recipients.
The CRA is one of the largest federal government departments, with:
- 51 tax services offices and tax centres across the country;
- 43,000 employees nationally; and
- a $4.3 billion budget.
Under Ms. Findlay’s leadership, the CRA has continued to cut red tape for small-business owners. Businesses are now able to receive their mail online from the CRA, submit documents, and ask specific questions about their accounts through My Business Account, the CRA’s online portal for business owners. These and other enhancements to the CRA’s electronic services let business owners spend less time on paperwork and more time with their customers.
Consulting stakeholders is one of Ms. Findlay’s personal priorities. She has met with accountants, tax preparers, and small-business owners across the country to learn first‑hand how the CRA can better meet their needs. As a result, the CRA has introduced a new and innovative approach to tax compliance, based on in-person guidance and targeted interventions. In keeping with this new approach, the CRA will work directly with tax preparers under the proposed Registration of Tax Preparers Program to prevent common reporting errors. This shift will bring the CRA toward being more of a partner in compliance rather than simply being an enforcer.
In January 2014, Ms. Findlay launched the Offshore Tax Informant Program, a key tool in the global fight against international tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance. Under this program, the CRA may make financial awards to individuals who provide useful information about major international non‑compliance with tax laws.
Before she was appointed Minister of National Revenue, Ms. Findlay was Associate Minister of National Defence from February to July 2013. She also served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General for Canada from May 2011 to February 2013.
Ms. Findlay is a lawyer by profession. She was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1979 and practised law in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland of British Columbia for many years before entering politics. She has been active in the Canadian Bar Association, particularly as President of the BC branch, founding Chair of both the National Women Lawyers Forum and the BC Women Lawyers Forum, and Chair of the Constitutional Law Section. Ms. Findlay served as a Member of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal from 2006 to 2011.
Ms. Findlay graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History in 1975 and her Juris Doctor in 1978. She was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1999. She completed Advanced Negotiation studies through Harvard Law School program of Instruction for Lawyers in 1990, and is a certified family law mediator.
Ms. Findlay resides in Delta, BC, with her husband Brent, and is the mother of four children.
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