Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I would like to thank the Auditor General and the representatives from the Canada Revenue Agency for taking part in this committee meeting.
Mr. Hamilton and Mr. Gallivan, I know the agency officials are working very hard to provide you with the information you need for any questions we might have. For my part, I am neither a tax expert nor an accountant, but I am a member of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, and several things are obvious to me. My colleagues have told you this as well.
This is the case for the amount of debt write-offs carried out year after year by the agency. Basically, we are talking about $3.2 billion or $3.3 billion a year. There was a slight decrease in 2016-17.
In his report, the Auditor General states the following, at paragrah 7.59:
We found that the Canada Revenue Agency did not know the full results of its compliance activities. Its calculation of the additional revenues generated from compliance activities, beyond the initial taxes assessed, was incomplete.
I would like the Office of the Auditor General to tell me what led to this observation that the information provided by the agency is incomplete. I would like a little more detail on this observation.