UPDATE August 1, 2014
We need $400,000 over the next 12 months to pay for the legal costs to take the lawsuit through the first court. THIS MEANS THAT $100,000 WILL BE REQUIRED ON NOVEMBER 1, 2014, February 1, 2015, May 1, 2015, and August 1, 2015 to keep the litigation going.
Some donations will also have to be set aside for other expenses including accounting and auditing fees as required by Corporations Canada. Later there will be new costs, not yet estimated, for the expected appeals and Supreme Court.
We may never receive any large “corporate” donation and this giving is really going to hurt, and then hurt a lot more. Our post will now provide weekly updates on remaining monies needed.
Past donors and never-donors: IF YOU WANT THE LITIGATION TO CONTINUE PLEASE DONATE TODAY by going to www.adcs-adsc.ca.
An accounting of all monies received and expended will be provided to Corporations Canada and posted publicly on the ADCS-ADSC website.
Our Constitutional litigator: In April of 2014 we announced our intention to proceed with litigation against the Government of Canada, challenging its right to enact the U.S. FATCA law on Canadian soil. As a result of your support, we are delivering on that promise.
The Alliance for the Defence of Canadian Sovereignty (ADCS-ADSC) has retained Vancouver B.C. constitutional litigator Mr. Joseph Arvay and his team at Farris Vaughan Wills & Murphy to represent us in the lawsuit.
Mr. Arvay previously provided the detailed opinion that forms the framework for our legal arguments. He has been counsel on landmark cases in the Supreme Court of Canada — a court he has appeared in dozens of times. In each of the years from 2010 to 2013 Mr. Arvay was named by Canadian Lawyer Magazine as one of the top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada.
In a case involving collective bargaining rights, Peter Hogg, one of Canada’s experts in constitutional law, said that he “was astonished when that case came out. I doubt that anyone but Joe could have persuaded the court that they had been getting it consistently wrong for twenty years.”
Hogg also says “If Joe loses a case, which must happen from time to time, I think everyone will assume that there was just no way to win it.”
Retired BC Supreme Court justice Ian Pitfield has laughingly complained that “Joe is like a hard-fighting trout on the line. He has to be reeled in sometimes, in order for his enthusiasm to be kept under control.”
Recently Mr. Arvay received the Robert S. Litvack Award for his “exceptional public interest work and outstanding lifetime achievement” from the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism of Montreal’s McGill University. His acceptance lecture can be viewed here.
Our Board Co-Chair and Legal Advisor, Toronto lawyer Mr. John Richardson will interface with Mr. Arvay on behalf of ADCS-ADSC. Mr. Richardson’s 2014 submissions on FATCA and taxation of U.S. persons abroad to: the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, Government of New Zealand and the Government of Canada can be found here:
Many of you will know Mr. Richardson for his information sessions “Solving the Problems of U.S. Citizenship” which have been held throughout Canada and Europe.
The Board of ADCS-ADSC is grateful for your trust and support.
Without YOUR support this effort would not be possible. We have come a long way, but we have much further to go. Your continued moral and financial support is essential. We need your support of all types and in all amounts. We need you to spread the word in your community. We need you to recognize that each and every one of you has a role to play.
An American president was fond of saying:
To understand why people worldwide support our effort, please read this submission by an innocent Canadian to the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee.
Chair, ADCS-ADSC Legal Challenge Committee