It worked when we all went crazy sending emails and letters to our MPs and other political representatives. The NDP, some of the Liberals, and the Green Party, not only heard our messages, but acted on them (Murray Rankin, Nathan Cullen, Charlie Angus, Ted Hsu, Scott Brison, and Elizabeth May to mention a few).
The Conservatives, although consistently toeing the party line, probably have many members who ‘get it’, only because WE kept the pressure up. Yet, regardless of all the noise we have made, the FATCA enabling legislation is being rammed through parliament, and though we may be unable to stop that, we have been successful because THEY HEARD US. There are no excuses now, for the Conservative government or the banksters. We have all their weak arguments documented in parliament and senate sessions, letters, emails, and articles. They can never claim ignorance now.
One of the things that has always been one of our biggest challenges is to educate average Canadians about the impact of FATCA on directly affected Canadians, deemed ‘US persons’, as well as on ALL Canadians. FATCA is complicated; banks and government hide the truth, and although there has been some excellent media coverage, it has been sporadic and overshadowed with an abundance of the ‘FATCA is about rich US tax cheats’ meme.
We can’t give up on getting the message out there. Canada Day, and FATCA D-DAY are fast approaching. Perhaps this is a perfect time to have a “Letter to the Editor Blitz” playing on the emotions surrounding the national pride and celebrations of this time of the year. Don’t worry about crafting the perfect letter. The point is to inundate newspapers with your personal letters about the little known US law that is about to change Canada forever. I encourage everyone to write to their local major and small newspapers now before Canada Day celebrations start. One ‘crazy’ lady, writing to a couple newspapers, will likely go unheard, but if we all do it, they will not ignore us!