I just came across this and my hands a shaking as I type this up. From the book Billionaires’ Ball: Gluttony and Hubris in an Age of Epic Inequality.
I can’t copy past the exact text but if you go to the link you will see what I am talking about McQuaig and Brooks both criticise Canadian Banks and the Harper government for speaking out against FATCA(without any acknowledgement of the NDP’s role too). Both indicate that Canada has an obligation under the “laws of nature” and “societal justice” to help the United States get financial information on its citizens due to the huge degree income inequality in the US.
Linda McQuaig is a famous Canadian writer and journalist who worked for the Toronto Star and famously broke the Patti Starr case(relating to an Ontario Liberal MPP engaged in illegal campaign fundraising)
To McQuaig and Brooks I will see to it that your public reputation in Canada will become dirt if the two of you don’t recant public statements in favor of FATCA. I also think the NDP has to make a decision to acknowledge whether these individuals are NDP members and if so whether they should be expelled from the NDP.
Thanks for letting us know, Joe Smith. That prompted me to send a very long email to Ms McQuaig on behalf of all of us here. I am asking her to reconsider her full support of FATCA (as it now is) and FBAR, taking into account the collateral damage to so many innocent, unknowing US Persons Abroad living, working, paying taxes, raising families — good citizens of the countries they chose to move to. Many of us are her fellow Canadians.
@calgary411 and @joe smith
Thank you. I suppose Ms McQuaig’s arguments may be able to turn some Canadians against us, but those of us with US citizenship have more influence where it counts than any wannabe American would ever have.
*@Calgary411, Joe, Bubblebustin and Tim,
I want to thank you for all you do, it is so appreciated. Besides myself I know there are so many others that appreciate you!! You have worked so hard for all of us..
Thank you!! Thank you!!
Thank you, saddened. We’re all in this together and we are stronger when we can help one another. The work so many do here, you included, is healthy for us, our sanity and self-worth — and, hopefully, making our story understood by others. The sum of all the contributions here is a wonderful resource for newcomers. We were all there once. Who would have thought I’d continue communicating on a blog with what I consider some of my best friends through what we share. May we all get through this to live more normal lives once again.
I forwarded, with a further note, the email that I had sent to Linda McQuaig. I was pleased to almost immediately get this response:
Thank you very much. I can’t tell you how very much I and many others will appreciate you and, hopefully, Linda McQuaig taking a second look at FATCA. It is heartening to me that you will take the time to do so. I worry about so many who do not have a voice. This is a life-changer for many very ordinary people, living very ordinary lives.
Thank you. I feel that I receive much more here than I could ever give.
Your style of communication serves us all well. I’m afraid I’d only offer snide remarks at this point. Mr Brooks may have inadvertently nailed the true feelings of what European countries are feeling about FATCA with a common grammatical error:
‘It does appear that most European countries are anxious to enter into such reciprocal agreements with the US and FATCA will be serving as a model for many countries’.
“Anxious” emphasizes fear or frustration or failure or disappointment.
“Eager” means marked by enthusiastic or impatient desire or interest.
*Thank you Calgary411. You style of communication is better than mine too. I keeping on thinking if I talk like Peter Van Loan I will get the Conservatives more interested in doing something on this issue.
Talking Like Van Loan
Very good — anxious is probably what they are!
Your communication here and the things you present are very valued by us all!
Darn, maybe I will be able to view YouTube Van Loan tomorrow. Sloooowww computer tonight.
If anything like this, I’ll like his style…
*I got no response from Neil Brooks so I sent the same to Linda McQuaig. Of course, both would rather honor and defend crime than to respond to a little nobody like me.
“Linda and I have written that FATCA is a good model for attempting to
tax the more than $21 trillion of assets being held in tax havens and
secrecy jurisdictions around the world.“
It starts. These stupid socialist Canuckleheads think “financial privacy”=”secrecy jurisdiction”. There is no such thing as private property anymore, only a temporary possession of national wealth that your government has “enabled”.
That property belongs to the state, Canadian slave.
Except the likes of Linda McQuaig aren’t in charge in Canada anymore if ever. These are the people in charge now:
Thanks for those clips. If we’re slaves, then behind Denmark’s, we’re the happiest ones in the world. Must be something in the water, maybe some Kool-aid?
@Tim: It looks like a stupid Canuckehead reality show, call it Toronto-shores. I do like the Quicksilver Messenger Service score of “who do you love” from Happy Trails. Cippolina was wild with his guitar playing through his Wurtlizers I saw him play at a Dead concert in Winterland and he had his twirling Wurlitzers screaming..
*Or you could buy a John Baird Home Alarms system. As they say crime is on the rise on Canada.
LOL! I wonder if they’ll use them in the new Ukanadian embassies?
I have to clarify, that reference “Kool-aid” is in the LSD not Jim Jones sense, something that many a rock n roll concert goer may know a lot about.
*Perhaps we need to go and rat out Linda McQuaig to her oh so secret rival left wing columnist Heather Mallick at the Star. Mallick is a bit of what they call a champaigne socialist although someone who likes calling Sarah Palin the S word. Mallick is absolutely anti American to boot.
Anyone here Joe Smith?? know Heather Mallick
I have sent her the odd email ,but not in a position to raise this issue any better than any of you.
Neil Brooks is a really good guy. I think he may come around.