A minor UPDATE:
We had hoped that the submission to the Federal Court of Canada for the FATCA IGA enabling legislation Charter-Constitutional trial would have been made in January, but there is still a “technical” issue that has to be sorted out first by the Case Management Judge, who is supervising the litigation.
I am hoping (but not promising) that our submission can be made in February/March and still anticipate that the trial will take place in 2017 (I am guessing that the location will be in Vancouver).
— I also ran across this 2012 comment (below) on Brock by Tim, who was asking that FATCA complaints on Brock instead be turned into FATCA litigation, which as we all know now, moves very slowly.
Tim also mentioned that there would be many Canadian lawyers who would “jump at the chance” to fight the FATCA law to be imposed on Canada with the enthusiastic approval of Canada’s Tory and Liberal Leaders. At the beginning, I looked but never found any groundswell of Canadian lawyers (including CCLA) willing to take on our lawsuit. You can figure out the reasons why they were reluctant to do so:
August 4, 2012 at 11:16 am
“I guess what I am saying is that if you want to bring down FATCA as I do we need to find some type of mechanism other than complaining “louder” which isn’t going to work in my opinion. I believe FATCA has a huge blindspot in that it does not at take into account Canadian law. I also believe there are many Canadian lawyers that would jump at the chance to fight FATCA if the legal and constitutional issues were put in front of them. As I tried to show in one of my posts yesterday far more trivial issues have been litigated all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada. It is also very telling that at all of these FATCA seminars put on by the banking industry none of the lawyer are Canadian…”
— By the way, in the remaining time before submission, we are still seeking an Exit Tax Witness…