— U.S. Citizen Abroad (@USCitizenAbroad) November 10, 2013
In view of Isaac Brock Society interest in the Toronto Centre by-election, the invitation to certain Toronto Centre candidates to align themselves with the anti-FATCA movement at the protest, I post this 2011 article by Liberal Candidate Chrystia Freeland.
Who is Chrystia Freeland?
According to a Government of Canada site -as of April 25, 2013:
Chrystia Freeland was born in Peace River, Alberta, in 1968, and attended the United World College of the Adriatic before studying at Harvard University, from which she received a B.A. in History and Literature. She was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to continue her studies at St. Anthony’s College, Oxford University, where she earned a Master’s degree.
Freeland began her career in journalism as a stringer in the Ukraine writing for the Financial Times,The Washington Post and The Economist. She then worked for the Financial Times in London as its deputy editor, editor of its weekend edition, editor of FT.com, UK news editor, Moscow bureau chief and Eastern Europe correspondent.
From 1999 to 2001, Freeland was deputy editor of The Globe and Mail. More recently, she served as the US managing editor of the Financial Times, whose American edition became the FT’s single largest edition under her direction. She was also responsible for the editorial development of US news on FT.com.
Chrystia Freeland is now global editor-at-large, Reuters. She serves as a key figure on Reuters Insider, and as Reuters principal on-air pundit for other external broadcast partners. Freeland is a senior contributor to Reuters.com and plays a leading role in Reuters Summits and in Thomson Reuters global Newsmaker series. She appears frequently on television and radio news programs in the US and globally.
Freeland is the author of Sale of a Century: the inside story of the second Russian revolution (2000), which details Russia’s journey from communism to capitalism. Her profile of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, which appeared in the FT Magazine, won a Business Journalist of the Year Award in 2004. Freeland is currently writing her second book on the global super-elite for Penguin Press.
Freeland sits on the advisory board of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and is a board member of the Women’s Refugee Commission and the Overseas Press Club of America. She has been honoured as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
A Canadian citizen, Freeland currently lives in New York City with her husband and three children.
The fact of residing in New York City suggests that she may be a “U.S. person” who is subject to the rules of U.S. citizenship-based taxation and could be directly affected by FATCA. Should U.S. persons be able to hold “political offices” in Canada. Remember the experience of New Brunswick Premier David Aldward.
In any case, the article is very interesting. Includes:
In the age of the Internet, the jet airplane and the multinational company, the very concepts of immigration, citizenship and even statehood are changing. …
“Citizenship law is struggling to catch up with the new realities of global work,” he told me. “It is still based on the notion of a sedentary population, rather than the nomadic population that many of us have become.”
One of the biggest shifts is in the thinking about what we used to call “brain drain.”
“Increasingly, immigrants who live elsewhere are being viewed as assets,” Mr. Boyle said. “This is a paradigm shift; this is a seismic shift. The notion of brain drain is ridiculed — instead, it is ‘brain circulation.’ The notion is that people can return as tourists, that people can be ambassadors for their home countries, that people can serve as business agents.”
“It is no longer about brain drain, or even brain gain,” Dr. Wang agreed. “It is about global brain circulation.”
One of the countries that uses its diaspora most effectively, Mr. Boyle says, is India. “India is increasingly looking to its diaspora as an asset,” Mr. Boyle said. “Many people argue that India’s technology development would not have happened without the overseas population, particularly in Silicon Valley. So the government has had to rethink its attitudes to its citizens. India has set up a whole government ministry solely to look after the expat Indians.” …
Attitudes toward these global citizens can get more complicated in the countries they live and work in, even as they retain their ties and emotional connections to their original homes. The cherished American idea of the melting pot, after all, is largely about cutting ties with the old country.
But Mr. Boyle said that in the age of globalization, a diaspora closely connected with its country of origin could be as economically valuable for its host country as it is for its native one: “Diasporas are a win-win. Silicon Valley wins, and the home country wins.”
That’s a big shift. But some countries and policy makers are predicting our concept of citizenship will soon be stretched even further — that we will go from Dr. Wang’s seagulls to thinking of countries as virtual, rather than physical, communities. In a presentation to the Canadian government in 2008, Alison Loat argued, “Canadians can no longer be thought of as only those living in the territory above North America’s 49th parallel, but more accurately as a potential network of people spanning the globe.”
It would be interesting to hear her views on citizenship- based taxation and FATCA.