Monthly Archives: December 2015

Murray Rankin Passes NDP Anti-FATCA Torch

Murray Rankin has passed the NDP Anti-FATCA torch to Pierre-Luc Dusseault, MP for Sherbrooke and now NDP Revenue Critic.

I asked Murray Rankin to discuss FATCA with the Minister of Justice and ask the following question in the House of Commons:

Many Liberal MPs spoke out against FATCA. Some are now Cabinet Ministers. In a letter to Lynne Swanson on June 25, 2015, Mr. Trudeau said “the government of Canada has a responsibility to stand up for its citizens when foreign governments are encroaching on their rights. We believe the deal reached between Canada and the US is insufficient to protect affected Canadians.”

What will this government do to stand up for and protect Canadians when the United States is encroaching on their rights for FATCA?

Stephen forwarded a similar question.

Monday, Mr. Rankin’s Assistant advised me that the NDP Lead on FATCA is now Mr. Dusseault.

Yesterday, I spoke to Mr. Dusseault’s Assistant, Harun Jasarevic. He said both he and Mr. Dusseault are learning about FATCA. They had no knowledge of it until my e-mail was forwarded by Murray Rankin’s Assistant.

Consequently, Mr. Dusseault will not be raising this in the House of Commons before the Christmas break which begins the end of this month. The House does not reconvene until January 25.

I encourage others to contact Mr. Dusseault at Pierre-Luc.Dusseault@parl.gc.ca and his Assistant at: Pierre-Luc.Dusseault.A1@parl.gc.ca

I especially urge francophone Canadians to make contact. Mr Jasarevic said they are both working on learning English. I told him his English is far better than my French.

Dear Mr. Dubourg: Stop CRA from FATCA “Dirty Work”

I just sent this e-mmail to Emmanuel Dubourg, who became the Parliamentary Secretary for National Revenue today.

Dear Mr. Dubourg:

CRA “will do the dirty work of transmitting (FATCA) information to the IRS…We are truly appalled by it because doing this kind of thing to assist the Americans is not appropriate.” (Emmanuel Dubourg, House of Commons, June 11, 2004 Update–should be 2014)

“The largest assault by the Conservatives against personal information came in the form of Bill C-31” for FATCA. “This breach of Canadian tax secrecy is dangerous..We must deny the Conservatives permission to allow the transmission of personal information without the authorization of a judge, under the pretense of combating tax evasion.” (Emmanuel Dubourg, National Post article An Attack On Our Privacy, June 4, 2014)

Congratulations on becoming Parliamentary Secretary for National Revenue.

What will you and the Minister of National Revenue now do to stop CRA from doing the “dirty work of transmitting (FATCA) information to the IRS?” You must stop this FATCA Attack On Our Privacy because–as you so clearly wrote in a national newspaper–“This breach of Canadian tax secrecy is dangerous.”

Lynne Swanson
(Address)
(Telephone Number)

Emmanuel Dubourg has an MBA, is an accountant, was a university and CGEP teacher and worked for CRA for 20 years. He made strong comments against FATCA and wrote an article An Attack on Our Privacy for National Post.

I was hoping he would become Minister of National Revenue, but I’m glad he at least is Parliamentary Secretary for Revenue. He immigrated to Canada from Haiti in 1974, is fluently bilingual and represents a Quebec riding.

Thanks to Tim for bringing his appointment to his new position to my attention.