Stephen Kish posted on the ADCS post’s daily update for 1 Nov 2015:
Marc Garneau, Liberal Foreign Affairs Critic, June 4, 2014, House of Commons:
“The government seems to have been very motivated to protect the banks from (FATCA) …However, there does not seem to be the same concern for the citizens themselves. In fact, it seems that the government has folded its tent here, and it seems quite happy to do the work of the IRS insofar as citizens are concerned.”
Hedy Fry, Liberal MP, April 8, 2014, House of Commons:
“We are creating a problem here. As we heard from other people, this measure brings up concerns about privacy and sovereignty. Constitutional law experts have been saying that this agreement violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, yet no one was consulted.”
“It is interesting that the government goes ahead patting itself on the back but not having discussed it with anyone who should know and therefore making mistakes. I would be generous and kind and say it is with unintended consequences, although I wonder if the government even understands consequences.”
Scott Brison, Liberal Finance and Revenue Critic, May 14, 2014 Standing Committee on Finance
“Look, this IGA gets Canadian banks off the hook from reporting. It does not get Canadian citizens who happen to be considered American persons off the hook. That’s very important…”
“What about the million Canadians who are affected? That’s the concern. None of us disagree with the idea of negotiating an IGA, but the reality is that you can negotiate a better IGA, given our relationship with the Americans.”
Ralph Goodale, Liberal MP, Former Liberal Finance Minister, Ralph Goodale website, October 11, 2011.
“After all, Canada is not some illicit tax haven…The Americans are going way too far when they start harassing Canadians….”
“The government says it has protested to Washington. But more needs to be done.”
Our government must stand shoulder-to-shoulder with innocent citizens and taxpayers to inform and assist them in fending off abusive American tax proceedings.”
Justin Trudeau, Leader, Liberal Party of Canada, Letter to Lynne Swanson, ADCS, June 25, 2015
“The safeguarding of personal privacy has become an increasingly important issue to all Canadians…The implications of having the CRA report to a foreign government about Canadian citizens are still troublesome. The Liberal Party of Canada believes that the Conservative government’s efforts to safeguard the personal privacy of Canadians have been inadequate.”
“The Government of Canada has a responsibility to stand up for its citizens when foreign governments are encroaching on their rights. We believe that the deal reached between Canada and the U.S. is insufficient to protect Canadians.”
October 31, 2015 at 2:04 pm
As per the collection of quotes from Liberals re FATCA;
Refers to FATCA without naming it (hence wouldn’t come up in a search of openparliament.ca using FATCA as a keyword – and note; sometimes I see it transcribed as FACTA instead.):
September 30th, 2011 / 11:55 a.m.
Ralph Goodale Wascana, SK
Mr. Speaker, there is concern across the country among many law-abiding Canadian citizens and taxpayers about the long arm of the U.S. tax collection department. Even the Canadian Bankers Association is upset. The Americans are trying to enforce their laws beyond their borders and are threatening Canadians to that effect.
So far, the government has offered Canadians tea and sympathy. Will the government do something a little more tangible? Will it set up an advocacy centre to actively inform and assist Canadians who are unfairly being put upon by the extraterritorial excursions of the U.S. IRS?”