Cross-post from Blaze at Maple Sandbox:
Another significant submission for our side. After I sent him our news release about retaining Joe Arvay, privacy lawyer Michael Power (who was a law school classmate of Elizabeth May) forwarded me a link to an announcement and submission to Finance Canada from the B.C. Freedom of Information and Privacy Association on FATCA.
I just posted it at Sandbox and tweeted it.
It’s strongly against the IGA.
Now, I want to know why Canada’s Privacy Commissioner has been quiet since the IGA was announced. I have e-mailed a contact there three times and my messages have been ignored.
Please feel free to cross post at Brock.
“We oppose (the FATCA IGA) on a number of grounds, but we will restrict our comments to the large scale infringement of privacy rights.”
That is the beginning of a four page Submission by the B.C. Freedom of Information and Privacy Association to Finance Canada.
They challenge several aspects of the IGA as well as challenge the authority of the federal government to regulate credit unions.
They also state clearly their agreement with Peter Hogg.
There are considerable difficulties involved in any attempt to implement a FATCA IGA in this country and those will almost certainly result in extensive litigation and damage to people and institutions which are in no way connected to tax evasion in this country or in the United States.
Therefore, we urge you not to proceed with this wholesale infringement of the constitutionally guaranteed privacy rights of Canadians.
Thanks to privacy lawyer Michael Power who e-mailed me the BCFIPA Announcement with the link to the actual submission.
Thanks to Maple Sandbox and privacy lawyer, Michael Power, for the sharing of this submission!