UPDATE August 30, 2014
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Plaintiffs Ginny and Gwen rely in part on Section 15 of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms:
…which states: “Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability”.
—The Impugned Provisions create a distinction between citizens and residents of Canada who are US Persons and those who are not.
Who are the Plaintiffs?
Ginny and Gwen are Canadians. Both were born in the United States but left at age 5 to live in Canada. Ginny is a retired lawyer and Gwen is a graphics designer. They have never held a U.S. passport or developed any meaningful relationship with the U.S. (See also Claims). They have always considered themselves to be: Canadians. You would like them. Ginny and Gwen are not IRS compliant. They are resistors.
The RISKS Ginny and Gwen have accepted ON OUR BEHALF include:
—Public exposure of name, and possibly those of family members, and details of private information about finances and other personal information.
—Cross examination by hostile Government of Canada lawyers.
—Disclosure of IRS non-compliance to the IRS.
—Should the Plaintiffs be unsuccessful in the litigation (a possibility) the court may order Ginny and Gwen — personally — to pay a portion of the Government’s costs. [Because we are all in this together, we need to raise the necessary monies through donations to cover these costs.]
An Editorial in The Windsor Star (her home town in Ontario) has this to say about Ginny:
The Star’s view: Ginny Hillis is a bureaucracy-fighting hero
“Let’s hear it for Ginny Hillis, a 68-year-old retired Windsor lawyer who this week told both the IRS and Canada Revenue Agency to pound salt.
She and a woman from Toronto have done what no politician in this country has had the guts to do, which is tell the U.S. government it has no right to know anything about the personal finances of those born stateside but legally residing here….
…Now Hillis has taken matters into her own hands in a case filed by the Alliance for the Defence of Canadian Sovereignty against the Attorney General of Canada.
Not only do we hope she wins, we hope others support her in the cause.”
Co-Plaintiff Gwen’s comment in the Windsor Star:
“I am the “other woman in Toronto”, Ginny’s co-plaintiff, and you have hit the nail on the head. She is a hero and we thank you for this fantastic coverage. This is one of the most refreshing articles about this issue to date…”
The Government of Canada response to the Plaintiff’s Claims:
“The Government is confident that the legislation in question is constitutionally valid,” according to finance department spokesperson Jack Aubry. “The Government is prepared to defend the legislation in court.”
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