Paradise Papers: No timeline on Bronfman investigation, unclear if results will be public

The results of the Canada Revenue Agency’s review of a top Liberal fundraiser’s use of offshore trusts may never be made public, Public Services and Procurement Minister Carla Qualtrough confirmed this weekend, and there is no timeline for when it might be complete.

 “I honestly don’t know the exact details of their process or their procedures … if that leads to a fine or a criminal investigation, I think it’s a little premature to tell,” Qualtrough said of the CRA’s review of some of the activities and names mentioned in the massive leak known as the Paradise Papers.

Those names include Stephen Bronfman, a longtime family friend of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and a fundraising powerhouse for the federal Liberal party. Last week, the prime minister defended Bronfman publicly, saying he accepts the businessman’s assurances that he has followed all the rules

She confirmed that “a number of individuals” are being looked at, and the CRA is “vigorously” pursuing leads provided by the leak.

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