I noticed recently there is a new group called Canadians for Tax Fairness holding a summit in Ottawa in late March. One of the more prominent attendees of the summit is NDP Finance Critic Peter Julian along with many members of Canada’s organized labor community and several members of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. What is most concerning is the keynote speaker at the event is an individual named John Christensen of Tax Justice Network International. Christensen along with his partner in crime Richard J Murphy are huge supporters of FATCA, FBAR, and citizenship based taxation basically everything we don’t like here at Isaac Brock Society. Going through the different agenda topics at the “Fair Tax Summit” I see a lot of discussion planned on cracking down on “tax havens” and “tax cheats” but no discussion of the US’ extraterritorial tax and reporting requirements on Canadian citizens something in my mind should be very important for a group dedicated to “tax fairness” in Canada to discuss.
I would like to open up to discussion here at IBS as to what members feel about this summit, its agenda, and the possible involvement of the NDP Party(I am especially looking for the views of any people more involved in NDP politics than I am). I also noticed this is not an open to public event and in fact the admission charge of $150 is quite steep. Do you think we at Isaac Brock Society need to call upon NDP MP’s not to attend unless the likes of Richard Murphy and John Christensen are disinvited or at the very least their view on FATCA, FBAR, Citizenship based taxation are repudiated by any NDP MPs attending and speaking.