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The below is a Notice of Constitutional Question” just sent by Appellants Gwen and Kazia to alert Attorney Generals in all of the Canadian Provinces and Territories of our upcoming trial in Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal.
It provides a very brief summary of the arguments and the remedy our appellants want.
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“NOTICE OF CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTION
The applicants challenge the constitutional validity of:
1. Sections 263-269 of the Income Tax Act R.S.C. 1985, c.1 (5th Supp.) and
2. The Canada-United-States Enhanced Tax Information Exchange Agreement Implementation Act, which is s. 99 and Schedule 3 of the Economic Action Plan 2014 Act, No1, S.C. 2014, c.20
(Collectively the “Impugned Provisions”)
Further, the Applicants seek a remedy pursuant to s.52 of the Constitution Act, 1982, being Schedule B to the Canada ACT (U.K.), 1982, c. 11 that the Impugned provisions are of no force or effect to the extent that they violate s. 8 of the Charter and cannot be saved by s.1.
The question is to be argued on a date to be set [Court is now deciding on the date]
The following are the material facts giving rise to the constitutional question:
1. The impugned provisions operate to compel banks to act as agents for the government in the collection of private information from people who the banks believe have indicia of US citizenship.
2. Those same people are compelled to provide private information to the banks.
3. That information is transmitted from the banks to the CRA and from the CRA to the IRS.
4. The IRS can use that information for the enforcement of its tax laws including for the prosecution of tax evasion.
5. The compelled collection and dissemination of this information is from persons who might never have lived in the United States, who might have citizenship to another country, and who might have no economic, social, familial, cultural or moral ties to the United States.
6. The purpose of the Impugned Provisions is simply to facilitate the interests of the US tax authority.
The following is the legal basis for the constitutional question, as elaborated in the Appellants’ Memorandum of Fact and Law attached to this Notice of Constitutional Question as Schedule A:
1. The privacy in the compelled information is constitutionally protected through section 8 of the Charter and the compelled collection and dissemination of that information constitutes an unreasonable seizure under section 8.
2. The trial judge erred in law in finding that the Impugned Provisions do not violate the rights guaranteed by section 8 of the Charter.
3. The trial judge erred in law by considering factors under the section 8 Charter determination which were irrelevant to that section and, instead, to be properly considered under section 1 of the Charter.”
Dated: March 22, 2021; sent to Attorney General of Canada (who we are suing) and the Attorney Generals of all of the Provinces and Territories of Canada
When in Canada, I am classified as a Canadian citizen living with expunged provisions of the Canadian charter of rights and freedoms! It’s simply outrageous!
I’m outing myself as the donor referred to in the post’s headline today because today is the 10th anniversary of my OMG day and donating is how I chose to “celebrate” it. (Note: ADCS emails Brock updated headlines for this post, but never reveals to us donor names)
The US caused me a lot of trouble with FATCA and their underhanded attempts with retroactive citizenship (I relinquished and believed myself to be a Canadian-only citizen since 1978).
I now have a CLN, recognising that I have not been a US citizen for some 40 years. I don’t volunteer my place of birth as a matter of principle in banking, and I’ve been asked. My principles have limits, though, and I can and will use my CLN if push comes to shove.
So, either way, I basically don’t have a horse in the ADCS race. But if I’d wanted to live under American laws, I could’ve just stayed there. I’ve no complaints about my life in the US nor had I any personal beefs with the US government until this day in 2011.
However, I feel that people outside the US should not be governed by US laws and I believe a legal victory against FATCA in any country will have some repercussions around the world. And I’m sure aware of the damage FATCA has caused and that it continues to derail people’s lives.
But the main reason I donated today was for me. Knowing it was the 10th anniversary of that awful OMG day (and the lengthy period of fallout from it) not surprisingly brought back dark memories. So I decided to throw those thoughts right back at them and make a big (for me, anyway) donation to ADCS today. It felt great hitting that Send button, my way of giving the bully a commemorative swift kick in the stomach (or elsewhere)!