June 19th is the one year anniversary of royal assent for Bill C-31, and July 1st is the one year anniversary of the IGA coming into effect, this latter date ironically also being Canada Day.
Do you have plans for writing, demonstrating, etc, in light of the one-year anniversary? If so, please share your ideas on this thread.
LM has sent the following, encouraging people to support the court challenge, to virtually everyone on her mailing list — not only people who may have a US connection, as it focuses on the impact this has for all Canadians — and also posted hard copy on bulletin boards.
“Re: How much do you value our Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Good morning all,
It is now June, the 1-year anniversary of the passage of Bill C-31 which, hidden deep in the 362 page omnibus “Budget Bill”, instituted the Canadian FATCA IGA allowing US law to dominate Canadian Law. Passage and royal ascent of Bill C-31 resulted in the establishment of a 2nd class of citizenship in Canada based on nationality or parentage (specifically, US nationality or parentage).
Upon passage, our sacrosanct Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the basis of so many important precepts regarding the law of our land, was seriously distorted. We now live in a country which DOES DISCRIMINATE, which HAS SUCCUMBED TO THE THREATS OF A FOREIGN NATION and HAS PLACED HIGHER VALUE ON THE CONCERNS OF THE BANKING INDUSTRY OVER THE RIGHTS OF PEOPLE LIVING IN THIS REALM.
Old or young, wealthy or poor, educated or mentally limited, if you were (or your parent was) born in the US (no matter how many days you remained in the US after such birth), or if you ever took out a “Green-card’ to work there and (even if it expired numerous years ago) did not officially renounce it once you returned to live in Canada, you now are part of this “2nd class citizenship” caste. In addition, anyone who has a joint financial account with you, or an account for which you have signing authority, also has lost their right to personal and financial privacy. Think your non-US spouse or child, or the local fund-raising organization or Girl-Guides group for which you are treasurer, or that small local business of which you are a part-owner, or that Power of Attorney you hold for your aging non-US born parent as they all join you in the “privilege” of having all their private and financial account information swept up and sent off to another country’s taxing authority, their justice system and potentially other federal law-enforcement authorities.
For an example, read about the UK BellRingers: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/bank-accounts/11571643/Church-bell-ringers-in-Kent-told-to-fill-out-US-tax-form-to-open-bank-account.html
This law IS being challenged. SOON! IN THE FEDERAL COURT in Vancouver. IN AUGUST!!!!
This challenge is being mounted by the Alliance for the Defence of Canadian Sovereignty (ADCS: http://www.adcs-adsc.ca/).
Will you help to reinstate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms?
Since last summer, just after passage of C-31, from hundreds of small donations from across this country (and abroad), ADCS has raised $410,000.00 to support this Federal Constitutional Challenge against such acceptance of foreign law superseding Canadian law and, in consequence, the legalization of discrimination based on another country’s interpretation of who these Canadians are. The two plaintiffs (both born in the US but brought back to Canada as young children by their Canadian parents) are to be represented by well-known Constitutional Lawyer Joseph Arvay (http://www.farris.com/farris-lawyers/profile/joseph-j.-arvay-q.c/).
Despite what has been raised to pay these legal bills, another $90,000.00 is still needed by August to fully pay the legal fees. (YES – JUSTICE CAN BE VERY EXPENSIVE).
Do you care enough about Canada, your rights, and the rights of every other person in Canada to help challenge this legislation? All small (and not so small) donations are welcomed and various methods of sending funds are available (see ADCS).
While beginning to plan your CANADA DAY celebrations, please, please consider the kind of Canada you want for yourself and to bequeath to your children. Please, please help return Canada to the nation that we all know it has been – - and should continue to be – - with absolute equality of rights for all. This legislation has already fostered discriminatory policies in Canada (See: http://www.internationalman.com/latest-news/alberta-bank-first-in-canada-to-shun-us-clients-amid-fatca).
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