Dear Mr. Trudeau: Stand Up for ALL Canadians

ADCS has sent a letter to Canada’s new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

October 23, 2015

The Honourable Justin Trudeau,
Prime Minister Designate of Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada
K1A 0A6

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.”

Sincerely,

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

5 thoughts on “Dear Mr. Trudeau: Stand Up for ALL Canadians

  1. Ottawa Citizen is reporting on the Con laws that are on the Liberal Hit List.

    A similar article appeared in National Post.

    FATCA enabling act is not on the “hit list.”

    I have sent a letter to the editor of both publications.

    Also, in criticizing “hippy-dippy” Lib promises, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander insists second-class Canadian citizenship “does not exist in Canadian law.”

    Really? I guess he missed the memo on FATCA and on Bill C24 which allows government officials to deport Canadian citizens in the name of strengthening Canadian citizenship.

    Thanks to Northern Shrike and Tim for bringing these articles to my attention.

  2. @Northern Shrike: You can be assured it will go immediately when we learn who the Cabinet Ministers will be.

    My predictions:

    Scott Bruson or Ralph Goodale for Finance Minister. (With John McCallum as a strong contender too)

    Sean Casey for Justice Minister.

    Marc Garneau for Foreign Affairs Minister.

  3. Excellent.

    You don’t need my advice, but once the new cabinet is announced, I would forward copies to the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Finance as well.

    And thanks for all the good work.

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