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e-3264 (Government services and administration)

Initiated by Marcel Chartrand from Chelsea, Quebec

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement

  • On February 20, 2021, the Dispute Advisory Panel (DAP) established under the Payments in Lieu of Taxes Act (PILT) advised Tobi Nussbaum, CEO of the National Capital Commission (NCC), of their recommendation to increase the NCC payment to the Municipality of Chelsea and comply with the rules under the PILT Act;
  • In December 2019, a separate DAP made similar recommendations to the NCC regarding outstanding payments to the City of Gatineau;
  • Now, the NCC is using the DAP process to delay payments to the Municipality of Pontiac;
  • Tax rates and valuations for PILT have been litigated all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada in 2010 (Montreal vs the CBC and the Montreal Port Authority, the Court ruled that the Crown cannot set the rate of taxation), and in 2012 (Halifax vs Canada PWGSC, the Court established that the Crown cannot unreasonably set the value of the land); and
  • By failing to accept these recommendations and fully pay the amounts owing to the three municipalities the NCC is unfairly burdening the taxpayers of Chelsea, Gatineau and Pontiac with the cost of maintaining essential infrastructure serving NCC properties.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Minister of Public Services and Procurement to:
1. Direct the NCC to accept the two DAP reports; and
2. Promptly pay all outstanding amounts to the municipalities of Chelsea, Gatineau and Pontiac.
Open for signature
March 23, 2021, at 11:25 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
May 22, 2021, at 11:25 a.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
William Amos (Pontiac)
May 25, 2021 (Petition No. 432-00973)
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