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Harper Government Appoints Three Members to the Payments in Lieu of Taxes Dispute Advisory Panel

Feb 25 2013 12:00AM



GATINEAU, QUEBEC -- (Marketwire) -- 02/25/13 -- The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, made an important announcement today regarding the Payments in Lieu of Taxes Program.

"I am very pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to the Payments in Lieu of Taxes Dispute Advisory Panel," said Minister Ambrose. "I am confident that with their experience and background, their contributions will be beneficial to the Dispute Advisory Panel."

Members were selected based on their professional background, expertise and experience, which include the fields of real property valuation, real property law, Canadian property tax systems and provincial models of assessment and taxation. The new members are: Kate O'Brien, of St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador; Surinder Pal, of Winnipeg, Manitoba; and James A.S. Legh, of Victoria, British Columbia.

The Panel acts as an impartial review and advisory forum where municipalities and other Canadian taxing authorities can present their concerns regarding the payments in lieu of taxes they have received with respect to federal real property and Crown corporation property.

Through the Payments in Lieu of Taxes Program, the Government of Canada pays $500 million annually to some 1,300 real property taxing authorities, including municipalities, provinces, school boards, local services boards and First Nations, in recognition of the valuable direct and indirect services the Government of Canada receives from local governments.

For more information on the Payments in Lieu of Taxes Program, visit

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Amber Irwin
Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose

Media Relations
Public Works and Government Services Canada

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