Former prime minister & top Grit fundraiser named in leaked 'Paradise Papers'

The Trudeau government's somewhat tarnished promise to ensure "tax fairness" for the middle class has taken another beating.

There were unfolding revelations about the widespread and perfectly legal practice among ultra-wealthy Canadians of harbouring cash in offshore tax havens.

Included among the 13.4 million leaked documents, dubbed the "Paradise Papers," were the names of former Liberal prime minister Jean Chretien and top party fundraiser Stephen Bronfman.

Neither the Canada Revenue Agency nor any court has determined that any of the Canadians identified in the documents did anything wrong.

Both Bronfman and Chretien denied any involvement in offshore tax avoidance schemes.

Still, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer branded Trudeau a hypocrite for aggressively seeking to end tax advantages for small businesses, while doing next to nothing to crack down on complicated tax haven schemes used by the super-rich.

Guy Caron, the NDP point man in the Commons, accused the CRA of always letting the "big fish" go when it comes to tax evasion.

Trudeau refused to talk about any specific cases mentioned in the documents, but vowed to investigate Canadian connections.