Cogent/Benger Productions Inc. has been producing high-profile network documentaries and specials since 1998. The company has a reputation for producing films destined for a wide public that explore major social issues.
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Cogent/Benger’s latest film, the Great Canadian Tax Dodge, had its broadcast premiére on TVOntario at 9pm on February 4th, 2014.
It is the product of a three-year investigation by director/producer Robin Benger into the extent of tax avoidance by Canadian entities in Canada and abroad, mostly via offshore tax havens in the Caribbean. “I was astonished at the systematic pervasiveness of tax avoidance by most mainstream Canadian companies on a multi-billion-dollar scale with the apparent neglect of several generations of Canadian finance ministers.”
The documentary follows the story of a fair-tax campaigner in Ottawa as he struggles to create a national movement; it looks at the views of “the Wayne Gretzky of tax lawyers”, who asserts that legal tax avoidance is a good thing; it examines legal cases that arguably lay the blame on the courts for allowing companies to deprive Canadians of millions of dollars of taxable revenue; and it reports on the seminal Canadian influence in the setting up and running of the Cayman Islands as a tax haven, and how tiny offshore jurisdictions like the Caymans have become the agents of investment in major Canadian economic sectors.