I sent an e-mail to Maura Drew-Lytle and Terry Campbell last evening suggesting we have a Canadian Hat Trick with three opposition parties resisting FATCA.
Here is what I said:
Some might call it a FATCA hat trick. Three opposition parties standing up for Canadians on FATCA.
First, it was Elizabeth May and the Green party.
Green Party statement: http://www.greenparty.ca/backgrounder/2013-01-28/backgrounder-canada-and-fatca
A few weeks ago, NDP Revenue Critic Murray Rankin joined the resistance:
Shortly after, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair sent e–mails to Canadians. Next was NDP Finance Critic Peggy Nash.
Now, two Liberal MPs, Dr. Ted Hsu (supported by former justice Minister, former law professor and international law and human rights expert MP Irwin Cotler) and Finance and Revenue critic Scott Brison have asked several direct questions on FATCA in an order paper.
Here are the questions in a more readable format than in the Order Paper.
Canadians will not allow their banks and other financial institutions to violate their fundamental rights. We now have the clear support of three parties in our fight. We are also in ongoing contact with a prominent constitutional lawyer and Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA).
What will CBA do? Will you stand up for Canadians or will you capitulate to a foreign government?
“You have a choice, Sirs. You could do better.”
Maura Drew-Lytle responded this morning:
Thank you for the information.