February 6, 2016 UPDATE: WE NEED $26,591 TO CONTINUE CANADIAN FATCA LAWSUIT — AND WE NEED WITNESSES
[Incredible! We have our International Supporters from the United States and from England still (today) donating $25 daily until the legal bill is paid off. Thank You! Can others help them out?]
[WITNESSES who experience psychological stress from fear of or being turned over to a foreign government by FATCA:
There is much discussion in another Brock post whether "FATCA" stress might be sufficient to cause or precipitate a disabling or even a life-threatening psychiatric condition.
I know that it will be the rare person who wants to tell, or has the stamina to describe their emotional distress to a Court in an affidavit.
Our problem is that if we argue that FATCA can cause psychological stress, I am sorry but we will need some Canadian Witnesses to come forward in our lawsuit and detail this harm.
Ginny and Gwen prove that it is possible to go public with an affidavit.]
— You have already contributed 95.5% of the monies we need to sue the FATCA-enforcing Government of Canada in Federal Court — $568,379 out of a total of $594,970. $26,591 more are needed to get us through the Federal Court stage.
The aim of our lawsuit is to end the FATCA compliance “agreement” between the United States and the Government of Canada. We say that the agreement, made under threat of economic sanction, violates the Charter rights of Canadian citizens and the sovereignty of our country.
— WE NEED CANADIAN WITNESSES WILLING TO PROVIDE EVIDENCE OF HARM IN AFFIDAVIT TO BE MADE PUBLIC:
THIS INCLUDES BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO CANADIANS WHO:
–are or would be a covered expatriate (exposed to U.S. exit tax) if they renounce citizenship;
–committed expatriating act after 2004 but never obtained CLN;
–committed expatriating act before 2004 but never obtained CLN;
–can testify that they are “scared of” what might happen to them as result of FATCA, or suffer from psychological stress, marriage breakup, or feel betrayed by the Canadian Government because of FATCA;
–have approached a tax accountant and have been told that they have a huge potential US tax liability and that it will cost a large amount to obtain a CLN and come into compliance with US law — A person in this situation might possibly testify as to feeling distressed by this circumstance;
–are one of the 155,000 accountholders whose bank account information was turned over by your bank/CRA to US IRS last September. Perhaps you also received a letter from the IRS. You can assume that if you disclosed on the bank’s FATCA letter that you are a US person, and you have a reportable account, that the bank in fact did its job and turned you in to IRS.
–have been unable to participate fully in their job/employment because they are a US person (e.g., you can’t handle trust accounts for your clients or sign off on business bank accounts or you restrict your duties, your business partners/boss feel that you are a liability and restrict your duties or terminate your employment);
–have been denied in Canada a personal or investment bank account or brokerage account, or had one frozen for any amount of time or closed permanently, for any reason related to US personhood. You might have argued unsuccessfully with the bank on your US personhood (I am NOT a US person) or might, on principle, have refused to fill out a bank FATCA letter and had your account closed/frozen.
If you have any of these characteristics or are willing to testify on other harms caused by the Canadian FATCA compliance law and are interested in being a Witness please contact me at email@example.com
Canadians, if you have suffered because of FATCA but do NOT wish to be a Witness, please contact others you know who might be willing to go public with their hurt.
Please support our Plaintiffs Ginny and Gwen and our Canadian and International supporters who have donated so generously and hope for litigation success. Our lawsuit is as good as our Witnesses.
“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear. Knowing what must be done does away with fear.” Rosa Parks
SEE LITIGATION UPDATES for litigation progress, our Claims, our ADCS website and letter from our litigators asking Liberal Government whether it intends to continue defending our costly lawsuit.
The Trudeau Liberal Party made many statements against the Conservative Party FATCA compliance law pre-election, but post-election not a single member of the ruling Liberal Party will agree to a CBC interview about our FATCA lawsuit. Not one.
Second class Canadians wonder: What changed the mind of our Leader — and why do we have to continue this expensive lawsuit to restore our Charter rights?
Listen also to a second CBC interview at which Conservative Party MP and Finance Critic, Lisa Raitt justifies signing off on FATCA “It was the only thing we could do…It was a very strong request from the U.S. government…”
“Above all it will be a Government that is built on some clear values, values of freedom, values of fairness and values of responsibility.” FATCA-compliant UK Prime Minister David Cameron — What would Margaret Thatcher have done?