Cross-posted from USxCanada InfoShop
New Democrats Offer More Support Than Conservatives or Liberals Do?
Why has support for beleaguered American citizens been more apparent among New Democrats than among Conservatives? Should support for and defense of as many as a million Canadians be seen to fracture along party lines?
The 16 Sept 2011 letter that Finance Minister Jim Flaherty sent to several major US newspapers appears to be the only public representation that the Canadian governing party has made toward the United States on behalf of US citizens who are resident in and pay taxes to Canada. Internally, the Department of Finance and Canada Revenue Agency have stated that on the basis of the existing tax treaty, Canada will not enforce FBAR penalties at all, and will not enforce US tax liabilities incurred by persons who are concurrently Canadian citizens. This “relief” derived from interpretation, not action.
At the same time, the official opposition New Democrats have made multiple shows of strong support for the plight of a mostly jeopardized class that numbers well up into the hundreds of thousands. Available data indicates that no more than five percent of the group are fully compliant with US requirements.
• As the story first began to break in August 2011, Don Davies went to the media with the story.
• The NDP British Columbia Caucus has shared a strong letter (with signatures of 12 Members of Parliament) addressed to two relevant Ministers on 14 Oct 2011.
• On 17 Nov 2011 Don Davies posted his August letter sent to three relevant Ministers, together with the reply that he received.
• Denise Savoie has posted to her web site a statement of NDP position on FATCA.
• Megan Leslie recently sponsored a standing-room-only forum for her constituents in Halifax.
Meanwhile among the Conservatives in power, perhaps the only ground-level public expression of concern has come from John Williamson, whose New Brunswick constituency appears to be particularly affected.