Here We Go Again

Here we go again. People who write to the Minister of Justice are being referred to the Minister of Finance.

So are letters to the Minister of National Revenue. Here is a reply received by one individual (forwarded to me with that person’s consent to post)

December 1 2015

Dear XXX

On behalf of the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, I thank you for your correspondence of November 14, 2015.

I assure you that the concerns expressed have been carefully considered. The Canada Revenue Agency administer the tax system and applies the current tax legislation. The Department of Finance Canada develops federal tax policy and amends the legislation. I am therefore sending a copy of your correspondence to the Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance, for consideration.

Again, thank you for having taken the time to write.

Yours sincerely,
Petra Vidican
Executive Correspondence and Language Services Division

I wrote to the Minister of Finance (and several other Cabinet Ministers) on November 10. I called Mr. Morneau’s Parliamentary Office today. They referred me to the Ministry of Finance Call Centre. It seems to be impossible to speak to a real person there, so I left a voice mail.

This feels like deja vu.

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  1. Lynne Swanson Post author

    I wrote to several Cabinet Ministers just after they were sworn in. So far, I have only received a response from Global Affairs Minister Stephan Dion.

    He said:

    I will work hard to ensure that our country plays the international role that our people expect. I am also firmly committed to promoting the universal values of human rights, justice and democracy globally.

    Then, minister Dion advised that he had “taken the liberty of forwarding a copy of (my) correspondence to (the Finance Minister) for consideration.” That does not sound much like “promoting universal values of human rights and justice” to me.

    I’ve also been trying to get an appointment to meet with my newly elected Liberal MP (who I have worked with in the past).

    This is the response I had via e-mail from her Assistant today:

    Hello Lynne,

    Thank you for your request to meet with Kate regarding the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act.

    Kate is aware of your concerns and is following this issue closely. Your previous correspondence has been forwarded to the Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance, for attention. At this time there is no new information, but Kate will be pleased to meet with you again after the government’s direction on this matter is known.

    Kindest regards.

    I replied I would like to meet with Kate now to learn what she is doing to be a “strong voice” for her constituents affected by FATCA.

    Here we go again…


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