The opposition candidates for the 2015 Canadian Federal Election are busy finding office space, gathering volunteers and developing strategies for keeping the seats they have and expelling the Conservative incumbents from those they don’t. Let’s give them some help!
If opposition candidates were Members of Parliament during the past couple of years they probably know about the FATCA IGA that the Conservative government signed with the Americans. It’s been a year and a half since the deed was done and they could probably use a refresher. If they have not been sitting in Parliament they will need to learn from scratch about us and the Conservative sell-out of our Charter rights and financial privacy.
On the continuing page is the cover letter that I have sent to the opposition candidates in my own riding. Attached to the letter is a link to a re-working of my “Introduction to FATCA” that some of you may have read here at Brock. This current version is specifically tailored to an audience of Canadian opposition party candidates.
Please feel free to make use of these materials however you wish in your correspondence with candidates in your own ridings. We can help them win and they can help us regain our status as 1st-class Canadians!
Agreeing to “FATCA”: the Conservative Sell-Out of Citizens and Sovereignty
to the United States
prepared for Opposition Party Candidates in the Canadian 2015 Federal Election
On February 5, 2014 the Conservative government under Prime Minister Stephen Harper passed into Canadian law an agreement with the United States to implement the provisions of the U.S. “Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act” (FATCA). The agreement was buried in the monstrous budget Bill C-31 as Part 5 of that document and does nothing less than strip financial privacy rights from a segment of Canada’s population solely due to their origins in the United States.
It is estimated that a million such persons live in Canada. They are immigrants who have put down roots in this country, have become citizens of Canada and are married to native-born Canadians. They are teachers, doctors, saw-mill workers, bus-drivers, your next door neighbour and maybe your hairdresser. They are ordinary, every-day Canadians who, like so many residents of this country, have come here from somewhere else.
But the country they came from is broke and has recently activated a 100-year-old tax law that few people knew about because it was largely unenforced. The 2010 American FATCA law, and the 2014 Canadian agreement to implement it, allow this relic of the past to reach its tentacles across an international border and be applied here in Canada for the purpose of exposing the financial holdings of a vast number of Canadian citizens simply because they were born in the United States.
This issue has received very spotty attention in the Canadian press many articles reading more like “infomercials” for the IRS. Few, if any, journalists in Canada or elsewhere have recognized FATCA for what it is, United States bully tactics like nothing ever seen before, along with serious human rights implications involved in its implementation. Worst of all, they have completely missed the Conservative government’s sell-out of Canadian sovereignty. FATCA is nothing less than a non-military invasion of our country and worthy of the front page. Yet mentions of FATCA have been relegated to the back pages of the financial sections which the average citizen rarely reads. As a result of the media’s lack of attention the public, and many politicians, are largely ignorant of the Orwellian nightmare in which many of their friends, neighbours and constituents are living.
As a candidate for public service it is important that you have at least some basic knowledge of the situation and why it has come about at this time, unfortunately during the Conservatives’ term of office. If you are elected to the government this October you will surely be dealing with the fallout from the Conservative decisions on this issue. The article at this link will attempt to supply you with the information you need.