Will Our Leadership Fail could be said of Canada and most other countries around the world. But, the author, a banker, is in Barbados.
Wild Coot begins with a familiar memory:
I might be wrong but if I remember correctly, the first reaction of our leader was “they can’t do that”. I am speaking about FATCA.
He says there once was a Prime Minister of Barbados who stood up to extraterriorial bullies. Justin, that is what your father would have done on FATCA.
There once was a prime minister who defied the US when it wanted to play in our territorial waters without permission – when it downgraded our airport for spite. He carried his case to the highest authority. That is when we were somebody. We had guts.
And he asks some questions that apply to us:
Will our esteemed politicians pass legislation that is iniquitous to our people? Let’s see who will vote yes or who will stand for democracy in the face of the “most democratic nation” in the world. Should not our Central Bank be prepared to defend our banks? Or can it? The silence is deafening.
Our so-called leaders have failed us. We have a chance to exercise our democratic rights in Canada during this election campaign. We need to ensure our voices are heard–even though all the “leaders” are now silent on FATCA.