Some of you have been sending suggestions to the new Liberal Government Attorney General, Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, about our lawsuit against the FATCA IGA enabling legislation inherited from the Conservative Government.
A practical problem is that a “gatekeeper” for the AG has been forwarding the emails to the Minister of Finance, and it is not clear whether the AG actually receives the email.
My suggestion is that when you receive this response (see below) you resend the email and explain to the gatekeeper that you really do want the AG to receive the email.
You can explain that 1) the AG’s office is involved in a lawsuit related to the issues you are raising in your email and 2) it is the AG, in the role of Minister of Justice, who has the mandate to ensure that Canada’s legislation (including the FATCA IGA enabling legislation) passes Constitutional/Charter muster — also an issue you are raising.
Here is an email that some have received:
On behalf of the Honourable Jody Wilson‑Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, I acknowledge receipt of your correspondence of [XXXXXXXX], concerning the intergovernmental agreement between Canada and the United States under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).
Matters related to FATCA fall within the purview of the Honourable William Francis Morneau, Minister of Finance. I have therefore taken the liberty of forwarding a copy of your correspondence to Minister Morneau for his information and consideration.
Thank you for writing.