CANADIAN FATCA LITIGATION UPDATE May 25, 2020:
LITIGATION STATUS: The Notice of Appeal has been filed. This will be followed by the Appeal Book and the Memorandum of Fact and Law (the arguments). My (SK) personal guess is that the trial itself will take place during the first quarter of 2021.
DONATIONS ARE NEEDED TO FUND our lawsuit attacking the constitutionality, regarding autonomy, privacy, and equality rights, of the Canadian FATCA IGA legislation that was imposed by the United States on Canada. We want our sovereignty back.
You can DONATE by cheque and cash in the mail, PayPal (easiest) and transfers.
Our four ADCS Board members are John Richardson (co-chair and legal counsel), Patricia Moon (Treasurer), Carol Tapanila, and Stephen Kish (Chair).
— The FATCA Canada lawsuit seeks to strike down the FATCA IGA and enabling provisions of Canada’s Income Tax Act in their entirety. The ligitation began in 2014 and is now at the Canada Federal Court of Appeal stage — likely to be resolved at the Supreme Court.
— The Alliance for the Defence of Canadian Sovereignty and Plaintiffs Gwen and Kazia have met the first installment milestone (C$45,000) for legal costs (Canadians and International Supporters, thank you for your support!) and we now estimate that we will need a further C$59,714 to cover remaining expenses.
ADCS Legal Advisor John Richardson says: “The Government of Canada’s lawyers are openly justifying FATCA and the FATCA IGAs in order to pacify the United States which is (at least at present) a Foreign Government. The purpose of the Charter of Rights is to protect individuals from the Government of Canada – not to protect the Government of Canada from other countries. By funding the FATCA Canada lawsuit, you are sending a clear message to the Government of Canada that you will not allow them to surrender Canada’s sovereignty to the United States.”
Embee says: “This lawsuit may have been overshadowed by these trying times but it’s still important to assert one’s right to justice and plead for common sense to prevail in whatever form US bully boy tactics threaten our well-being”
Justice Mactavish, in ruling against us in Federal Court, said that it is “important” to avoid consequences threatened by the U.S. But we say not at the expense of our Charter rights.Please help end one of the FATCA compliance laws that impact on all of our countries.
CBC says that, for 2018 tax year, information on 900,000 financial records of Canadian residents was turned over by Canada to U.S. IRS because of the Canadian FATCA law. Gwen and Kazia, two Canadian citizens having no meaningful relationship with the U.S., are appealing on your behalf two Federal Court decisions to the Canadian Court of Appeal.
The grounds for appeal will include violations against their autonomy (Charter section 7), privacy (8) and equality (15) as well as arguments that the ruling was improperly based on the finding that the Income Tax Act is primarily regulatory in nature, and that factors such as the relationship between Canada and United States were not properly dealt with. Fleshed out details of appeal grounds will be provided in the Factum, now likely late in 2020.
Gwen and Kazia ask for your help in paying for the legal costs of the appeal.
If you feel that the FATCA IGA is not good for Canada or for your country PLEASE DONATE.
Appellants and the Alliance for the Defence of Canadian Sovereignty thank you for your past support. SEE OUR WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS (ADCS-ADSC).
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