Disability Tax Credit

On Thursday, December 7th, 2017 in Parliament, Question of Privilege

Elizabeth May

Mr. Speaker, I will not trespass long on our time.

I heard the point of privilege put forward by the hon. member for New Westminster—Burnaby. I tend to steer away from things when I see points of privilege that are purely partisan, but this one strikes home for me.

The test for deliberately misleading the House is a steep and difficult test to prove. I hope I do not trespass too long on your thinking on this matter, Mr. Speaker, but the minister says that the rules have not changed and that the interpretation has not changed, but I am hearing from constituents all the time, as are members throughout this place, that people who were receiving the disability tax credit, whose doctors say they are disabled, are now no longer receiving it.

Mr. Speaker, in your judging this particular point of privilege, it may require evolving the rules under O’Brien and Bosc in this way: res ipsa loquitur, the thing speaks for itself.

Something has changed here. Whether the minister is deliberately misleading the House or is misleading the House by inadvertence, people who deserve help, whose kids are suffering with juvenile diabetes or who themselves are suffering with diabetes, are no longer getting their disability tax credit.

On that basis, I rise to support the member for New Westminster—Burnaby.

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