Green Party of Canada Issues Statement On FATCA

Elizabeth May and Erich Jacoby-Hawkins have now issued a Green Party of Canada Statement on FATCA. (IRS Tax Collection: Evasion of the US or Invasion of Canada?)

Green Party Leader Ms. May says:

“Clearly, any person with earnings or part-time residence in the US should file tax returns and pay US taxes in keeping with current bilateral agreements. However, our government must stand up for Canadian citizens who are neither working under nor representing any burden to the US governmental system”

Green Party Revenue Critic Mr. Jacoby Hawkins (who was the only representative of any of the parties at FATCA Forum) says:

“It would be a clear violation of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms to have Canadian banks, under the direction of the IRS, violate the privacy rights of some Canadian citizens or residents based on their current or former ties to another country, namely the United States.”

I hope the government is prepared to listen to the Green Party’s position on this:

 We must not permit Canadian financial institutions to comply with FATCA in violation of our own privacy laws, and if the US attempts to enforce FATCA against them, we must vigorously respond and seek legal remedy as is our right.

If the US feels the existing Canada-United States Convention with Respect to Taxes is not working, they should provide specific details and suggestions on how to improve it through legislative amendment without sacrificing the rights of Canadians to foreign interests.

Of course, the Green Party only has one seat in Parliament.  That is Ms. May’s. She herself was born in US, moved to Canada (Nova Scotia) as a teen and has been a Canadian citizen since 1978.  Her seat is for a BC riding, Saanich-Gulf Islands.

Ms. May, like many of us, believed she relinquished her US citizenship permanently and irrevocably when she became a citizen as a young woman.  I believe she is also like most of us in that she does not have a CLN.

I hope this statement may result in Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and other parties breaking their months-long silence on FATCA to assure Canadians that their fundamental rights will be protected.

 

 

 

22 thoughts on “Green Party of Canada Issues Statement On FATCA

  1. @Tim: If Sophie goes dressed as she was in that photo and Victoria follows my fashion advice, they will definitely get attention!

    A “pit bull for privacy” fighting against FATCA. I like the sound of that!

    How about the dog ate FATCA?

    IExpats has an article FATCA Hits Trouble In Canada. This is mainly about the Green Party statement. Now, if only we could get the other parties moving to issue a similar statement. I tweeted this to Flaherty, Mulcair and Rae and will also send e-mails.

    http://www.iexpats.com/2013/02/fatca-hits-trouble-in-canada/

  2. Below is a rather provactive picture of European Member of Parliament Sophie In’t Veld who has been rather outspoken on FATCA.

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/–YcTrD8EAQo/UEilvqbJkQI/AAAAAAAAChI/uTH__GKLZ6c/s320/sophie-in-t-veld.jpg

    Probably not a good idea to dress like that. Ms. In’t Veld though has a bit of history more than a bit of fighting with the US government.

    http://www.europeanvoice.com/article/imported/liberal-crusader/68883.aspx

    Sophie in ‘t Veld is not afraid to speak her mind, especially on protecting privacy and other human rights. The 47-year-old Dutch MEP, from the left-leaning liberal D66 party, has had a swift rise within the European Parliament in the past four years, becoming one of its best-known rights advocates – largely by holding member states, the European Commission and others in check over rights issues.

    Dubbed by one commentator a “pit-bull for privacy”, the curly-haired liberal is only mildly apologetic over her workaholic ways and her often passionate and tenacious approach to defending basic liberties. She says that these are essential to safeguarding EU and European democracy. She works long hours, not just on privacy issues, but also promoting euthanasia, gay rights and abortion, and speaking out against the anti-Islamic Freedom Party of Geert Wilders in her native Netherlands.

    I was even more stunned that as a Dutch Citizen she actually sued the US government in Washington DC over obtaining what records the US government kept on her.

    https://www.eff.org/sites/default/files/filenode/foia_travelinfo/20081215opinion.pdf

    I was really really stunned by her suing the US government in US court. Where the hell did she get the money to do that. Is she independently wealthy or something.

  3. @Tim: Victoria has been asked to represent ACA at the FATCA Conference, so she thinks she needs to go dressed as a grown-up. (i.e, no Stop FATCA tattooed on her forehead).

    Victoria asked me if I thought Jimmy Choo would be too much. I suggested JC is too boring and recommended the fashion below. It would show how patriotic, strong and noble Victoria is.

  4. @Tim: Likewise, I never thought I would be cheering a former member of Mike Harris cabinet as my hero. Yet, I became Jim Flaherty’s biggest fan when he wrote his unpublished letter to American media in 2011.

    I don’t care if someone is right wing, left wing or a turkey wing on this issue. I care what they are prepared to do about FATCA.

  5. Yes, you got all of them(Michael Geist is the sixth I am working on). I haven’t been posting as much recently because I am working on a lot of things behind the scenes including trying to raise opposition outside of Canada. The big problem we have is the emerging anti fatca coaltion is right wing anti tax US republicans and non US civil liberties oriented politicians like Elizabeth May and Sophie In’t Veld in Europe. That is a very ODD coalition(The typical person would wonder what the hell Elizabeth May has in common with any US Republican). For example if we could get even one US Democrat to come out against FATCA that would be huge. I know just me is working a lot on this angle.

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