Government of Canada response update:
I had predicted earlier that the Government of Canada would have responded to our Claims by the end of September, but there will be a further delay. This is because we asked the Government to temporarily delay its response to the Claims. We did this on the advice of the Arvay-Gruber team that we needed to amend our Claim to make it even stronger. It would have been procedurally more difficult to amend the claim after the government filed its response than before.
We will post the Government response but I can’t give you now an estimate when the response will be received.
FATCA IGA lawsuit filed by Vancouver Constitutional Litigator Joseph Arvay on 11 August 2014 in Canada Federal Court. See Claims and press release. Le 11 août 2014, les deux plaignantes, Ginny et Gwen, ont engagé une poursuite à la Cour fédérale du Canada contre le gouvernement du Canada et l’entente intergouvernementale FATCA. Listen to radio interview of ADCS Co-Chair and Legal Counsel.
UPDATE September 30, 2014
[Thanks to "Incredible-George-now-up-to-ten-donations", "Eurotwig #6", the Canadian who sent in TWO cheques, one post-dated, and the kind donating couple from western Canada who hopes as we all do "...that there is a light at the end of the tunnel somewhere."]
The cost of litigation for the first trial, which will be vigorously defended by the Government of Canada, is very expensive: approximately $1000/day for legal bills due on November 1, 2014 and February 1, May 1, and August 1, 2015.
Vous pouvez donner n’importe quel montant. Vos dons de $ 25 sont utiles. Les dons par la poste peuvent prendre jusqu’à 10 jours pour arriver, et les transferts par PayPal peuvent prendre 5 jours.
It can take ten or more days to receive mail containing cheques and five days for PayPal donations to be transferred and deposited into bank account.
Are our brave plaintiffs Ginny and Gwen really hardened CRIMINALS like Ma Barker? What about those Canadians out there who WILLFULLY refuse to transfer their retirement savings to a foreign government? All criminals too?
Canada’s Moodys Gartner Tax Professionals Kim Moody and Roy Berg seem to think so:
“Sticking to what we know, the plaintiffs seem to have admitted that they willfully did not file FBARs and US tax returns, both of which are criminal acts.
In addition, there might be US tax exposure to them personally because a Canadian non-profit organization [that's us] is raising funds and paying their legal fees to fund the litigation.”
Do you too really feel that Ginny and Gwen are criminals?
Remember also that if Ginny and Gwen lose the lawsuit they are making on behalf of all of us (including our international friends), they might — personally — have to pay a portion of the Government’s legal costs.
You and I don’t have this risk and it just takes a little bit of courage to donate.