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Canada Revenue Agency financed teen's rebellion: B.C. mother

Child tax benefits sent to daughter's boyfriend's home without mom's consent

A mother from Port Hardy, B.C., is furious at the federal government for transferring her monthly child tax benefits to a stranger — money that, she said, helped her troubled teen to run away from home.

"We're spinning in civil servants and the bureaucracy," Jackie Kirnbauer said. "They're not putting our family first. They are putting confidentiality and the tax code first."

Kirnbauer said her infuriating experience with the Canada Revenue Agency began last year, after her 15-year-old daughter began skipping school, defying the rules at home and seeing an 18-year-old boyfriend. Kirnbauer disapproved and insisted her daughter break off the relationship.

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