Hello Sukanya Pillay: Will CCLA Work With Us?

I’m not sure why I continue to try to get CCLA in the FATCA Fight. But more than a month ago (March 14), I sent the following to CCLA’s Executive Director, Sukanya Pillay:

Hello Sukanya. It has been six months since you advised you had “commissioned a research memo from a major law firm. When we receive that, when we have assessed their research, and when we are ready, we will respond.” Are you able to provide any update to this?

I am aware CCLA included FATCA in your submission to the UN. I appreciate this submission even though there were some errors and omissions in the submission. When do you expect a response?

It is disappointing CCLA did not include FATCA in your “real change” letter to Prime Minister Trudeau.

It is disappointing that CCLA has not included FATCA in the #CharterFirst campaign. .

It is disappointing CCLA has not issued a statement about FATCA for more than three years.

It is disappointing that CCLA has been mainly silent for two years on the Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA).

It is disappointing CCLA has not objected to the passage of a law that overrides all Canadian laws on the demands of a foreign government.

It is disappointing CCLA has not acknowledged or supported the lawsuit against FATCA that is being funded with almost $600,000 raised to date from small donors across Canada and around the globe.

It is disappointing that CCLA seems to believe that Canadian citizens born in the U.S. are second class Canadian citizens with fewer rights than all other Canadians.

I am at a loss to understand why CCLA is not taking an active stance against FATCA with the Canadian government. The involvement of CCLA could help to make a difference for the fundamental rights of one million Canadians and their families.

I hope CCLA will try to help uphold the rights of Canadians born in the United States by:

1. Making a pubic statement about FATCA.
2. Writing to Prime Minister Trudeau, Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Revenue Minister Dianne LeBouthillier about FATCA.
3. Supporting the FATCA lawsuit by: (a) Making a public statement in support of the lawsuit (b) Applying for intervenor status and (c) Providing resources to the lawsuit.
Will CCLA work with us to uphold the rights of one million Canadians?

When Ms. Pillay … totally ignored that e-mail, I followed up on April 18 by forwarding the above e-mail again with this message:

I’m following up on my follow up of more than a month ago.

Will you respond? Or will you and CCLA continue to ignore the betrayal and violation of fundamental rights of one million Canadians?

There has been no response or even acknowledgement. I think we have the answer. Schubert was right.

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