Seems that the US has always planned to annex Canada one way or another and the war of 1812 was just the first attempt. FATCA and the Canadian IGA are the latest attempts in a long history of planned US invasions of Canada. Perhaps all this “around the world” business is just a ruse to disguise the fact that the US is trying to make us a part of their country, YET AGAIN.
We CANNOT allow this to happen! We MUST fight for our sovereignty and win, YET AGAIN!
Another sneaky attempt that has, so far, somewhat succeeded (notice that there is acknowledgement by both Harper and Obama of “Canadian Sovereignty” during their joint press conference):
The greatest threat to our nation’s sovereignty, IMO, comes from Stephen Harper and his government. Their contempt of Parliament and of parliamentary democracy, their repeated “negotiating” of all sorts of treaties and agreements with foreign countries with no public input, no debate nor even in many cases voting in Parliament, is simply treason to our sovereignty and to our democracy and hard-won democratic traditions.
We can’t change what goes on south of our borders, though as Robert Frost said, “good fences make good neighbours,” and boy do we need the fences to be strengthened and heightened along our southern frontier. But down there isn’t our country, they aren’t our government, and they aren’t our politicians. We can and must change what goes on north of our border, starting with our next federal election. Vote ABC. Vote Anyone But “Conservative,” and pick Anyone in your riding who has the most realistic chance to deny the seat to the “Conservatives.” No matter who that is, no matter how hard you must hold your nose and swallow your bile — at least in 2015. Just as many of us did back in 1993, to get rid of an earlier “Conservative” government that actually, in retrospect, wasn’t as bad as the current one. Much as I regret and resent NAFTA, what it did, and what it sparked, at least Mulroney fought an election over it and put the thing through proper Parliamentary hearings and a vote, as far as I remember anyway. And I don’t recall as many, if any, secret “deals” being sprung on us with no consultation (except for corporate fat-cat buddies and fundraisers, maybe). Mulroney was in that sense more of a true democrat (lower-case d, please note) than Harper ever has been or ever will be. As were all the other Prime Ministers whom I remember or about whom I’ve read. Heave Steve in 2015 if not sooner.
I agree 100%. It’s our job to be vigilant, not complacent, and throwing this Con government out, is part of that vigilance, as well as keeping our wary eye upon the nasty government to the south of us. I think our rallying cry should be exactly what you just said: “Heave Steve in 2015!”
Does anyone know if a publication in the U.S. is now required to withhold income tax from payments made to freelance writers who are U.S. citizens living outside the U.S.? Does the publication need to report the payment to the IRS? Thanks
was posting on another site http://bb.nsmb.com/showthread.php?t=159144 to
help spread the word
i got a response from an accountant at a mutual fund. below is his response…
pretty scary that he thinks all is well
Source: I’m the accountant at a mutual fund and I’ve been transitioning us over to compliance with FACTA (the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act).
The basic rule (which applies to 95% of investors who aren’t in complex vehicles) is that if you’re not trying to avert U.S. taxes, and filing your US tax return (as required for all US citizen, no matter country of residence), and that you are investing with a compliant financial institution, things will be fairly status quo pre and post FACTA for Canadian/US dual citizens living in Canada. For most in Canada, this won’t be an issue as taxation under the Canadian regime is higher than the net taxes payable under the equivalent US regime, and that under tax treaty between the two jurisdictions, the individual pays the higher amount, and the intent is to avoid double taxation on the same dollar.
The media has a tendency to sensationalize things. With the type 2 intergovernmental agreement (IGA) signed between the Canada and the US, your financial information will not be shared directly with the US by your financial institution. All financial data will be shared with the CRA and then reported to the IRS under the inter-governmental information sharing legislation that is already in place.
Gov of Canada tabled 42 page draft legislation in early March, with expansion to be released shortly, to allow for the modifications in financial information sharing that the CRA will be undertaking.
With regards to the loopholes that many are trying to find, it looks like much of the published documentation on the Canadian side still needs revision. We’ll see how things play out.
*the statement above is my opinion, it neither represents tax guidance or the views of my employer. You should consult your tax and investment advisors when making financial decisions, not (solely) a bulletin board on the internet.
“The media has a tendency to sensationalize things.”?!?!?!?!
@Susan, I used to freelance for a blogging site out of the US. No, they didn’t withhold tax and as far as I know, they aren’t required to.They will report your earnings to the IRS, the same as any other employer, and you will be issued a a statement of earnings (W4?) for your tax filing. Freelancing is considered self-employment and you are taxed dollar for dollar. Hope that helps.
This from a CBC news article today. Too bad Obama and Harper can’t hear themselves.
“Once again we are confronted with the belief among some that bigger nations can bully smaller ones to get their way,” Obama said….
“We simply, as a world, cannot afford the risk of … being a continent where people … make claims on neighbouring countries….” [said Harper].
@mettleman – what an uninformed comment from that accountant ! Geez. and I dont usually use that word !
@Shovel irony much?
“Harper also pledged his undying support to his U.S. partner, “I have said before, a threat to the United States is a threat to Canada — to our trade, to our interests, to our values, to our common civilization. Canada has no friends among America’s enemies, and America has no better friend than Canada.””………
Do you extort your ‘friends’? Do you threaten the citizens and residents of your ‘friend’? Do you threaten economic sanctions against the financial institutions of ‘friend’?
when i read that comment from the accountant i found myself actually mad at him. i wanted to scream open your eyes and look around.
in retrospect i am now worried that if this way of thinking….that all is well…we all have to work that much harder to bring that much more awarness to this issue….
then again maybe this whole thing is just a sensulaization and i wil wake up tomorrow and discover it has been a dream…..ya right…
How many Canadians realize what sovereignty means or even care / think it might be a good thing to be swallowed up by the US? History is chilling.
On another note: War of 1812 makes it into the Keystone pipeline debate at U.S. Congress
Yup, more and more countries are now requiring visas from Canadians because of their support of the USA, Brazil comes to mind lately
I wish Harper would stay home and watch TV a bit more
@calgary411 – I don’t think most Canadians want to be assimilated by the borg!
Must keep that statement fresh.
Exactly why they need to remember the history you present. While the sheeple sleep, IGA’s are signed and implemented. Part of that thing called sovereignty is gone.
Chears, you are bad (a bit of laughter).
PS: That is a sad story.
@GwEvil: I hope that’s true. I left the US in order to be able to get away from the USGov. I certainly don’t want them following me up here. Otherwise I will have to find another country to flee to in an attempt to escape their clutches. Either that or stand and fight my former “countrymen”.
I’m of the steadfast belief that the US government is >the< greatest threat to humanity that we will have ever seen, once the mask comes off.
And that mask is certainly starting to slip now.
@Chears You got that right on! I wish Harper would stay home and shut the hell up! This idiot is Obama’s puppet. You can visualize Harper standing behind Obama as he speaks his BS. This man will destroy Canada’s reputation around the world. No wonder he never mentions the human rights violations of his own people due to Fatca, but he opens his fat mouth when it comes to the Ukraine. He must be stopped!
On being annexed by the US of A: The mere thought of it makes my blood boil.
Getting rid of Harper and his Conservative cronies in 2015 (or earlier) is now a no-brainer. They have got to GO.
U.S. incompetence would save us from annexation. Of course their military could roll right in, but we could easily soften up the invading troops by plying them with Tim Horton doughnuts and Canadian beer. And the bureaucratic nightmare that would ensue in attempting to implement political and administrative annexation would cause the attempt to collapse from exhaustion.
Anyway, as others have mentioned, our Harper government is already servile enough to the U.S. As long as we keep electing governments like that, the U.S. has no need to annex us.
Did you see this?
The (Real) Free Trade Agreement-Shelley Ann Clark
She is the first guest on Liquid Lunch, start watching at about the 7 min. mark.
Who needs an invasion when we have Diane “merger” Francis advocating a wholesale surrender?
“The United States and Canada may not be merging soon, Ms. Francis acknowledged, but it may happen sooner than many skeptics think.
Her book, she noted, talks of the “merger of the century.”
She noted, “We have a lot more years in this century.”