Petros asks, What if a prominent dual citizen was required by his second nationality to serve his nation. What then?
CONSULTING WITH CANADIANS
Good planning starts with listening. Finance Canada consults with Canadians on issues large and small, enabling public input on policy options. The Department tries to ensure that as many people as possible – whether they represent businesses, groups with special interests or individual Canadians – get the opportunity to have their say.
“You got gangsters in power and lawbreakers making rules.” Bob Dylan, “When you gonna wake up”, Slow Train Coming, 1979
Last night I found myself in a discussion with a U.S. dual citizen. Basically, what she told me was that since she learned of the IRS assault against dual citizens that she felt that “her life had been stolen from her”. She listed a list of health and emotional problems. Furthermore like “a deer frozen in the headlights” she doesn’t know what to do. She is reaching retirement age and fears that her retirement savings will be taken. (By the way, she didn’t know about FATCA. I didn’t add to her misery.)
The “emotional and life aspects” of (what has become) the “War of 2012″ are rarely mentioned. How has this affected your life?
This is a post that I wrote a few months ago for the Flophouse but never published. I guess I was feeling pretty desperate at the time and figured no one was listening so I put it aside. Given some of the comments I’ve read recently at U.S. and Canadian media websites, I decided to go ahead and post it at Isaac Brock. I know the folks here already know all this but the folks at home are still confused about who we are and just what the heck we are doing “over there.”. This is my experience based on living in both France and Japan.