As Bill C-31 winds its way through the Canadian parliamentary system, those who defend the FATCA IGA legislation buried within 300+ pages of the omnibus bill it is hidden in, respond to the cry of the victims, by repeating the message, ‘Well, you might win a Charter Challenge, but if you do, it will hurt ALL Canadians’.
Should the estimated one million Canadians, deemed ‘US persons’ by a foreign nation, and their family members feel guilty about actively opposing this deal with the devil? Should they all just shut-up, and take one for the team? After all there are 30-something million other Canadians who are not affected by a FATCA IGA with the USA, who could care less, or so it seems.
Are Canadian citizens, deemed ‘US persons’, asking their fellow Canadians too much by insisting they risk their economic well being in exchange for the rights and freedoms, and economic well being of the ‘US persons’ in their midst?
Do Canadians want to live in a country where the majority is protected – until it’s not – at the expense of others who find themselves in the cross-hairs of a foreign nation through no fault of their own?
Has Canada become a mockery of a country with a reputation for high standards of human rights and freedoms?
Has Canada never been what many thought it was, with those deemed ‘US persons’, the first to be disillusioned by the reality that none of us are free, and none of us are protected, as is evidenced when a bigger power comes knocking and demanding tribute from those it illegitimately considers its own?
NorthernStar, in an email she shared with me, writes the following comment with regard to an article written by Don Cayo published at the Vancouver Sun:
I refused the offer. and I got off lightly….
In the early 90’s after 24 years in Canada as a permanent resident my husband and I chose to become Canadian citizens… We realized that we were never going back to the USA, to work or retire. Our children were born here and we have long established good paying jobs. We loved Canada and it was a good fit as we were Canadian in our hearts and beliefs.
Somehow, unlike most Americans who expatriate, I found out that US taxes were to be filed while living outside of the USA. I was an A student in US History and Economic Geography in high school and never was taught Citizen based Taxation (the exceptional America uses ) and Resident Based Taxation (the rest of the world uses).
I guess I found out through reading, which I do a lot of. My mother once told me I would go to my room and read. I filed US taxes for my husband and I, all by myself. The most complicated part was currency conversion. We never had to pay as we were far below the US level where one must pay US taxes. One year in the 80s the IRS sent us back a $2,000. US income tax refund.. I promptly called the IRS and sent the cheque back as we never worked in the USA since 1969. The last US tax filing I did was for the year 1993 when we became citizens.
I am thankful to be Canadian and to have the good health care insurance as my husband and one of our children were diagnosed two months apart in 1998 with cancer. They had the best of care in Toronto’s Sunnybrook Hospital. Unfortunately it was terminal for both of them. I compared there treatment with that given in the USA and they had the same superior treatments with no medical costs for us. My husband left me his pension intact. I am now retired and living on it..
In January 2009 I was visiting one of my children in Toronto when we discovered while reading the Toronto Paper (probably the Sun) that the Democrats Abroad was holding an inauguration party for President Obama, who I admired greatly. I decided to go to the party as it was an open invite. I met mostly Americans working in Toronto but planning to go back.. I signed the email list just to know what might be interesting happening with the organization. In 2012 there was an DA email out about FATCA.. Long story short there was a meeting in Yorkdale that spring about FATCA hosted by DA. The room was filled to standing room capacity. FATCA was a shock to many but the Dems abroad were kind enough to have the Tax Compliance Industry there waiting to take our money with over a $1000 plus for each year US taxes not filed if we chose to use them.. We were advised we could face heavy penalties from the IRS if we did not file I was shocked that I had been wrong and that I had still to file US Taxes.
A few months later I found online The Isaac Brock Society and Maple Leaf Sandbox They saved my sanity. I found out that in my circumstances I needed to get a Citizen Loss of Nationality (CLN). There are many of us, and many who do not post on these sites but are all together on the bus to fight this immoral agreement, FATCA. We are the modern day Rosa Parks. I am free now… I have that official paper, backdated to the day I became citizen. Others must pay a lot of money to do this , or mothers can not renounce for their adult mentally challenged child, born in Canada, because the US citizenship is so “precious”. See Calgary411 on Brock for that scenario. There is no easy way out for most. For many it means giving up all their life savings, earned in Canada only. It is not at all like giving up Canadian citizenship. Canada is a very much kinder country.
I am prepared to help fund and campaign for the Charter Challenge to FATCA, even though I am safe. I will do this for ALL Canadians, not just American Canadians. I treasure my privacy and the Charter of Rights and Freedom . The Harper government has given in to the US bully. Other Prime Ministers stood up to the American bully and said NO. If Canada had said NO, other countries would follow suit. There are over a million American persons in Canada.
Now will Russia, China, India, Saudia Arabia, Japan require the banking info of dual Canadians from their country? Will Harper give in and give them this banking information.
Canada has caved in to the Banking and Investment/Compliance Industrial Complex.
It has gone against what Matthew 16:26 said
For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
another saying I have on my desk is: Tyranny wins when good men do not say anything.
What is happening now… is like what happened in Europe in the 30s. Do you want American Canadians to be second class citizens for the benefit of money and the loss of our Canadian sovereignty?
NorthernStar received this response to her comment:
Thanks for this. It is very interesting. And I’m very pleased it is working out well for you.
If you go ahead with your Charter challenge, you may … very possibly win. You will no doubt consider this a great moral victory, and I cannot disagree. But I believe it will contribute to an economic disaster. And that was the point ….. You have every right to believe the victory is worth the cost, however, but you ought not go into this without understanding what the consequences will be. And not just for those who have held American citizenship, but for all Canadians.
Personally, I think you are wrong to assume other countries would follow suit. I think Canada would be hung out to dry. I don’t like this — I think it’s wrong — but our indignation about it and two or three bucks would get us a cup of coffee.