On behalf of Maple Sandbox, I have written a FATCA Christmas Letter and Wish List to Finance Minister Jim Flaherty.
16 December 2013
Dear Minister Flaherty:
You and your Conservative colleagues have again confirmed Santa’s Canadian citizenship. But, do you know the United States is also claiming Santa as theirs?!? They insist he lives in Alaska—despite his red and white suit and his HOH OHO postal code in Canada’s North Pole.
This is typical of the Americans. They are determined to turn as many people in the world as they can into “US persons.” So they snoop around like kids before Christmas, trying to find loot for U.S. Treasury and Internal Revenue Service.
Don’t let the Americans claim Santa. Don’t let them claim up to one million other Canadians and their families either.
We are as Canadian as Santa. Perhaps even more so because many of us swore an Oath of Allegiance to Canada.
So, I’m sending you this holiday letter to tell you what is on our Christmas wish list (see attached).
We hope you will give us a joyous Christmas by granting our holiday wishes. If you do, we wish you and your colleagues a very Merry Christmas.
If you don’t, you will subject us to a third Christmas with the IRS Grinch and FATCA Monster threatening to run away with our private financial information on our Canadian earned, saved, invested and taxed money. In that case, we can only wish you a lump of coal in your stocking.
We have been very, very good Canadians. Please don’t be naughty and give away our rights to a foreign government.
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HERE IS THE WISH LIST THAT WAS ATTACHED:
1. Protection from the IRS Grinch who is threatening our honest lives in Canada with his
partner the FATCA Monster.
2. An assurance from you that all Canadian citizens have the same rights regardless of where they were born.
3. A statement from you that Canadian banks must follow Canadian laws.
4. A promise from you that Canadian banking, privacy and human rights laws will not be changed for a foreign government.
5. Respect from you and the Conservative government for Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
6. A reply to the Open Letter that Maple Sandbox and Isaac Brock Society sent to you exactly one month before Christmas asking a simple question: Do all Canadians have the same rights under Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
7. A reply to Order Paper Questions from Liberal MPs Ted Hsu and Scott Brison.
8. Assertion of Canadian sovereignty over Canadian laws and Santa’s home in the Arctic.
9. An announcement that Canada says “NO” to a FATCA IGA that compromises our rights.
10. A Happy 2104 free of demands from a foreign government.