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— U.S. Citizen Abroad (@USCitizenAbroad) April 17, 2013
On Sunday Justin Trudeau became the newest leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. Canadians over the age of 55, who have been denied “Freedom 55” by accident of where they were born, remember the day Justin was born. Yes, he is the son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. Love him or hate him, Trudeau Senior made his mark on Canada. His legacy was the “Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms”. At the time the Charter was enacted, the focus was on “individual rights”. Interestingly, many opposed the Charter because they thought that to give Canadians individual rights would make the country too much like the United States. Most would agree, on balance that the Charter has been a good thing for Canada.
Peter Hogg recently expressed his view that a FATCA IGA would violate the Canadian Charter of Rights. What an argument. The idea that the Charter of Rights would now be used to protect Canadian sovereignty by prohibiting discrimination against U.S. citizens. Or as was said in an earlier post on FATCA and the Canadian Charter of Rights:
Prime Minister Trudeau would not have imagined that the Charter might be used to shield Canada from the U.S. FATCA attack. Talk about the law of unintended consequences … ! S. 15 of the Charter may be used to prevent the Government of Canada from entering into a FATCA IGA.
We know how Pierre Trudeau would have responded to the FATCA attack on Canada’s sovereignty. We also know that Canadians respected Pierre Trudeau because of his commitment to a strong and independent Canada. While the U.S. continued its trade embargo against Cuba, Trudeau befriended Fidel Castro. Will Justin follow in his father’s footsteps. Will Justin take steps to defend Canada. Does Justin believe in an independent Canada? Somebody should get his position and the position of the Liberal Party on FATCA. As far as I know, they have been silent.
Time will tell whether Justin is a “chip off the old block”.