May 22, 2017 - Who is CRA?

"The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is an agent of Her Majesty in right of Canada under the Canada Revenue Agency Act. The CRA is a departmental corporation named in Schedule II of the Financial Administration Act and reports to Parliament through the Minister of National Revenue." Link.

"The CRA is related in terms of common ownership to all Government of Canada departments, agencies, and Crown corporations." Link.

"Related" what does that mean? The same people who own Canada also own CRA?

"The Canadian tax system is based on self-assessment, so taxpayers are expected to understand the tax laws and comply with them." Link.

To be a "taxpayer" the tax laws must apply to you. Before they can apply to you, you have to know them. Do you know the tax laws?

According to the Canada Reveue Agency Act:

(2) The Agency is for all purposes an agent of Her Majesty in right of Canada.

If the government of Canada were really elected by the people, and they are not, then the government would be an agent of the people and CRA, if it were under the government would also be an agent of the people—but it's not.

As stated in Wikipedia:

CRA has a CEO as it's head, which at present is Bob Hamilton:

CRA is a partner with the federal government

CRA partnerships


The most important relationship the Agency has within the federal sphere is with the Department of Finance Canada, the organization directly responsible for developing the Government of Canada's tax policy and legislation. Link.

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(2) The Agency is for all purposes an agent of Her Majesty in right of Canada.

So who is CRA?

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