@PMHarper: "Canada greatest nation on earth" http://t.co/xdQUD1feVN via @TheTyee – @PMHarper: Why then surrender Canada to US #FATCA?
— U.S. Citizen Abroad (@USCitizenAbroad) February 24, 2014
I read this over on Sandbox and given the obstruction of the debate process Thursday in the House of Commons, this post on USCitizenAbroad’s blog is a powerful expression of what we all need to start conveying directly to ALL members of the Conservative party on a daily basis, from now, until the election. We need to mobilize our forces, get our families and friends to become active and make sure we do everything possible to get these traitors out of office.
Send a strong message that WE will “Stand on Guard” for Canada since none of you will.
cross-posted with permission from http://renounceuscitizenship.wordpress.com
I agree. It won’t be easy as most Canadians do not speak up or out. I know many people up my way hate the Harper government. All groups need to unite in this cause, because he is destroying Canada.
Message from Green Party Finance Critic;
“Would you be so kind as to post these on the IBS website?
I expect people would appreciate that May is using much of her very
limited speaking time in the House to focus on this issue, not just
reading off a page but responding to the “answers” to try and keep the
gov’t on the hot seat or get some accountability.
and that any LOYAL Brockers will vote for the Green Party. Just an opinion but if the other parties are late in defending our rights they should know that the Greens get our vote and we will encourage everyone we meet to vote Green because of this crucial issue. This one issue is the ONLY issue in this country that upwards of 10 million people affected by this in Canada care about.
Post these what? The link is just Erich’s e-mail address. I’m already on the Greens mailing list.
Here are Elizabeth May’s recent comments in the House on FATCA
April 3rd, 10:45 a.m.
Economic Action Plan 2014 Act, No. 1
Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the hon. member for Skeena—Bulkley Valley for
raising the fact that one of the larger offences in all of the last number
of years of omnibus budget bills is buried in this omnibus bill. This
complex piece of legislation should never be put in an omnibus bill.
I have previously mentioned to the House Peter Hogg, one of Canada’s
leading constitutional experts, who warned the Minister of Finance that this
bill would violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
I also want to draw the attention of the House to the opinion of Allison
Christians, who is the H. Heward Stikeman chair in tax law at McGill, and
Arthur Cockfield, a professor at Queen’s University. I want to put their
opinion on the record:
The proposed Implementation Act and the IGA do not enhance the reciprocal
tax information exchange between the United States and Canada, nor do they
create a workable regime for Canada to enhance its international tax
enforcement efforts going forward.
Further they state:
Instead, the Implementation Act and the IGA raise a number of serious
issues ranging from likely Charter violations to violations—
April 3rd, 11:15 a.m.
Economic Action Plan 2014 Act, No. 1
Mr. Speaker, there are many complex aspects of this omnibus legislation.
Certainly, even the title, FATCA, foreign accounts taxation and compliance
agreement, is one of the most complex.
It certainly would, as the hon. member stated, affect people who have no
idea whatsoever that they could be caught in this broad ambit of people who
are considered U.S. persons, people like me who were born in the United
States but have nothing to do with the United States, who in my case has
never lived there as an adult, but purely as a Canadian citizen and
renounced U.S. citizenship.
This could apply to me, or my daughter. Then the information is handed over
to the IRS without our knowledge.
Now, I want to draw attention to the charter argument, specifically section
15 of the charter, which says “Every individual is equal before and under
the law…”. As my hon. colleague mentioned, the leading constitutional law
experts of Canada have said that this will violate the charter.
So, as with other legislation, it will get pushed through this place. As in
the case of the Nadon appointment or with some of the mandatory minimum
sentence laws that were passed, we have clear evidence that we are being
asked, as parliamentarians, to push through a piece of legislation that
would be offensive to our fundamental rights of equality under the law,
under section 15. I ask for the member’s comments.
April 3rd, 1:05 p.m.
Economic Action Plan 2014 Act, No. 1
Mr. Speaker, I regret very much that the hon. government House leader
decided to shut down debate. He made a speech and then, well I cannot remark
on where he might be, questions are being taken by the hon. parliamentary
The hon. government House leader had the gall to tell the House, on behalf
of his constituents, that the government did not believe in big government.
What is not “big government” about it asking the banks to root through the
private information of Canadian citizens and turn that information, without
their knowledge or consent, over to a foreign government? That is not just
big government, that is big brother government. This measure deserves
treatment in something other than an omnibus bill that has limited debate
I will not be able to speak a full 10 minutes because with time allocation,
debate never comes around to the smaller parties. This is both an affront to
democracy and a violation of the charter, as well as further abuse of our
Thank you Erich. Many of us have poured through the parliamentary minutes and have noted, with our appreciation, Elizabeth’s efforts. Please take a look at this while your are here:
Harper’s a piece of work. I think Rick Mercer summed it up the best when he put up this video.
Don’t worry, unless you’re Asian, you’ll have it easier. Japanese-Canadians will get executed for 1939.
Sorry, wrong video URL. Here’s the proper one.
Appreciate everything Ms May is doing. Happy I voted Green!
FATCA in House of Commons, April 8, 2014 and prior: http://openparliament.ca/search/?q=FATCA&sort=date+desc
Besides ally, Elizabeth May, see: Charlie Angus, Matthew Kelway, Hélène LeBlanc, Linda Duncan, Lynne, Yelich, Joe Oliver entries for yesterday.
I’ve sent an email to Patrick Cain, Global News, begging him to continue telling the FATCA story that needs to be in the forefront of news for ALL Canadians to realize what is happening.
Vote #99 on April 8th, 2014, that Bill C-31 That the Bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Finance.
Vote #99 on April 8th, 2014
Bill C-31 An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on February 11, 2014 and other measures
Vote topic: That the Bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Finance.
See context in the Debates.
YES 149 (ALL MPs WHO VOTED “YES” ARE CONSERVATIVE — No NO’s BY CONSERVATIVES)
No 125 (MPs WHO VOTED “NO”: GREEN, LIBERAL, BLOC, NDP)
Judge for yourself; did any CONSERVATIVE MP vote with their own conscious and moral conviction? Are you sure that your Conservative MP completely understood what they were voting for?
Re: Give Other MPs a Chance to Vote Against #FATCA…
…and when they have the chance, sometimes they do vote against it.
Brent Rathgeber, MP for Edmonton-St. Albert, was elected a Conservative. But he left to sit as an Independent. He represents my mother-in-law (relinquished 1972, CLN in process), and on first hearing of FATCA from her (and others in St. Albert), he circulated emails saying he was “pleased” that an IGA was signed.
This led to more intense lobbying, and though he’s not my MP, I mailed him educational materials like the Christians & Cockfield submission on the IGA.
And look at calgary411’s link above to vote #99. Brent Rathgeber, elected Conservative but sitting as an Independent, voted “No”!!!
Good job Shovel – one person CAN make a difference! 😉
@ Tricia Yeah.. my mother-in-law is pretty persuasive.
Probably can’t read too much into it, but Flaherty is listed as “Didn’t Vote”