October 23, 2015
The Honourable Justin Trudeau,
Prime Minister Designate of Canada
Dear Mr. Trudeau:
Congratulations on the election of the Liberal Party of Canada and on becoming our Prime Minister. We look forward to a government
that emphasizes what brings Canadians together rather than what divides us.
In that light, we are writing to you on a matter of urgency regarding the sovereignty of our country and the rights of ALL Canadians for the protection of our government.
The Alliance for the Defence of Canadian Sovereignty (ADCS-ADSC) was formed to support two Canadian citizens (both born in the US but solely resident in Canada since early childhood) in a lawsuit, now in Federal Court, challenging the enforcement of a United States
law – the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) – in Canada.
FATCA requires Canadian banks to report private banking information to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on those Canadians
living in Canada deemed by the U.S. to be “U.S. Persons” regardless of their status as Canadian citizens or permanent residents, and in
violation of Canadian privacy laws.
In response to the threat of severe sanctions by our trading partner, the Harper Government entered into an “Intergovernmental Agreement” (IGA) and passed legislation, opposed by Liberal Party, NDP and Green Party MPs, to ensure compliance with the foreign FATCA law. As a result, private banking information of over one million Canadian citizens and permanent residents, resident only in Canada, is now subject to disclosure to the IRS. The Conservative Government began the handover of data on September 30, 2015.
On June 25, 2015, you wrote to Ms. Lynne Swanson of the ADCS-ADSC about the FATCA issue and stated:
“The Government of Canada has a responsibility to stand up for its citizens when foreign governments are encroaching on their rights.
We believe that the deal reached between Canada and the U.S. is insufficient to protect Canadians.”
We appreciate those comments as well as those of other members of the Liberal Party (see attached). In contrast, the Conservative Government unequivocally failed to protect its citizens from interference by the U.S. with their rights as citizens or legal permanent residents of Canada. To repair the harm already done, we ask that you stand up for all Canadians by:
1) taking immediate steps to seek a just resolution of the costly lawsuit forced upon innocent Canadian citizens;
2) repealing the enabling legislation for the IGA entered into under threat of economic sanctions;
3) advising the IRS to destroy immediately all private banking information sent on or after September 30, 2015 and refrain from using such data in any legal proceedings against Canadians.
We look forward to a new era where, as you have said, “A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian.”
Stephen Kish, John Richardson, Patricia Moon, Carol Tapanila, Lynne Swanson
Attached to the letter are quotes from Liberals opposing FATCA.
ADCS has also issued this letter as a press release Canada’s New Prime Minister Asked to Stop Complying with FATCA