I watched the videos that Tim posted (thank you, Tim, and thank you Euro2011Man who put the videos on YouTube). On the side, I noticed and watched the video that I am posting here. I so wonder how these women are facing their challenges with the US IRS, FBARs, FATCA. Did they know anything about all this when this video was made?
Once again, I thank all that is holy that my path took me to Canada. I do know, and this video brings it home, that if I had gone back to the US after my divorce in 1984, raising on my own one child with various expensive health problems and his sister, my story would be much different. With my son’s developmental disability, severe asthma and hereditary hemochromatosis and my own Crohn’s Disease, I am absolutely sure that I would have had to turn to social assistance to survive in the US — what are they but pre-existing conditions that would stigmatize and break us in the US. We have had nothing but the best medical care in Calgary, Alberta. It has not been a worry — the differences in how the two countries take care of its people is vast, a whole different mindset.
Instead, we are in Canada and I am thankful every day for that and will never take it for granted. I put in many long hours as an administrative assistant; I worked, scrimped and saved, paid taxes, was able to buy a house where my kids were raised and had a course of action for peace of mind that my son would, seamlessly, be looked after when I was gone. With the help of the Canadian Government and their innovative Registered Disability Savings Plan that my son, I slept well at night not worrying about my son’s future — I had it all figured out until I came to the realization of what is happening now. So, a glitch in the road.
I’ve survived many challenges and I will survive this — and I won’t leave this continuing administrative nightmare to the children I one day leave behind me. Thank you, Minister Flaherty and Canada, for taking the stand you have for protection of the rights of the persons from the US who chose Canada as their new home, as well as the “accidental Americans” who also make Canada their home.
I just told ‘outragec’ offline that I had always wanted to someday have a cleaning lady (person) seeing as it’s spring cleaning time. I should have used some of that savings for my wish — it would have been a drop in the bucket for what is now being spent to leave the US completely behind. Outragec’s reply — “oh, right I got confused! getting free of the US holds a much better return on your investment than a cleaning lady :)…..”
It is always good to take a moment to count our blessings, and I have many here in Canada (including the support and education I’ve gotten at the Isaac Brock site). So, I have just paused to do so.
I did benefit from the US economy and my parents paid taxes, served in the military, etc. during those years. I paid US taxes in my early working years there; my then-husband served four years in the Marines. It was my (our) right to choose where to live and that choice was Canada since 1969 — and I have no problem with the taxes I’ve paid here since then. Here, among other things, health care is a cherished right.