“A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian.” This is a fine election slogan. But is it not time to get rid of Harper’s law which results in the extraordinary rendition to the USA of certain Canadians’ banking account information? Are they not Canadians deserving the protection of law, just like any other Canadian? That is the meaning of the slogan.
Despite its good intentions, the unfortunate consequence of FATCA is that Americans who hold dual citizenship still fall under its authority, and it requires access to their financial information through their banks. As a result of FATCA, there has been a surge in US citizenship renunciations over the past few years, and this trend continues to grow.
It remains to be seen if the Younger Trudeau is just one of Obama’s Eunuchs. It is true too that le Dauphin now crowned Prime Minister promised to improve relations with Obama and the USA, and I do not see how he will please Obama by abolishing FATCA and treating all Canadians as Canadians as according to the rule of law that he cited in his debate with Harper. (Here he acknowledges that positive law may not be in keeping with the rule of law, unlike his illustrious father).
I see a lack of coherence. What will he really do about FATCA? It is a toss up. But this much is clear: it does not seem that he has really understood all the ramifications of his election slogan, “A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian”. This suggests a certain deficiency either in his moral or in his intellectual capacity–or perhaps as young man, he has not yet had time to think the issue through.