Trudeau and the other Fibbing Libs could not be bothered to respond to Canadian citizens directly.
They broke their silence to Elizabeth Thompson of iPolitics.
“Minister Lebouthillier wants to reassure Canadians that all exchanges of information are subject to strict confidentiality rules,” reads the e-mail sent by Lebouthillier’s office.
“The CRA ensures that tax cooperation with its foreign partners is done in a manner fully consistent with privacy rights in Canada. It is important to note that Canada and the United States have a long history of exchanging tax information in a fair and responsible manner, going back to 1942.”
“Canada is required by law to exchange certain specific information with the U.S. under the Intergovernmental Agreement between Canada and the U.S. signed on February 5, 2014.”
“The CRA exchanged information with the Internal Revenue Service on September 30, 2015, as required.”
Furious Lynne Swanson says:
“This is a despicable cop out,” she said. “The Conservatives surrendered Canadian citizens, laws, constitution, Charter of Rights and Freedoms and sovereignty to a foreign bully. The Liberals are now proudly waving the white flag.”
“How can the Minister and Prime Minister justify this after Justin Trudeau’s letter to me and all the Liberal comments made against FATCA?”
Allison Christians says:
“There have been story after story after story of hackers, phishers stealing data from the IRS, using it to defraud taxpayers in the United States. It’s a huge market, it’s a huge target and now Canada has willingly contributed the data of 155,000 accounts to that problem without any study whatsoever, without any public discussion.
Christians says the information sharing deal also gives the CRA access to banking information on Canadians that it would not normally be able to access without a court order.
“The CRA, for example, could not require blanket information requests from Canadian banks on Canadians under the Income Tax Act, it could not do that without the involvement of a judge. But that is exactly what FATCA requires and so the CRA is now, very quietly, collecting a lot of information that under the Income Tax Act would not have been possible on Canadians.”