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Dear PM Trudeau: Renegotiate FATCA IGA Now

A letter was sent to Prime Minister Trudeau from ADCS requesting him to renegotiate the IGA to protect Canadian citizens, interests, sovereignty and our Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

January 27, 2017

Right Hon. Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario Canada K1A 0A6

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau

RE: Renegotiate FATCA Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA)

“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 affected Canadians.” (Justin Trudeau in letter to Lynne Swanson, Jun 23, 2015)

FATCA encroaches.

Liberal Statements

In Opposition, many Liberal MPs spoke strongly against American Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). Among a myriad of comments in Parliament and in a newspaper article, Liberal MPs called FATCA “dangerous…an attack on our privacy…the IRS’ dirty work…infringes on our sovereignty…violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms…”

As Finance and Revenue critic, Scott Brison said “About one million Canadians are caught in this dragnet…The government did not negotiate a good deal in Washington…They failed to protect Canadian interests in terms of FATCA…The reality is you can negotiate a better IGA.”

So, we are dismayed and disappointed that the Liberal Government is failing to “stand up for (Canadian) citizens when a foreign government is encroaching on their rights” and is not protecting affected Canadian citizens and interests.

“Negotiate A Better Deal”

A new American President insisting on renegotiating NAFTA gives Canada the ideal opportunity to insist on “negotiating a better IGA.”

You can prove to all you are a Canadian leader and mean what you say — *A Canadian is A Canadian is A Canadian*. Now is the perfect time to show the value of Canada’s sovereignty as President Trump is making sweeping changes to protect United States sovereignty.

We, therefore, request you, the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Global Affairs renegotiate the FATCA IGA with an amendment put forward in Opposition by Mr. Brison and NDP MP Murray Rankin:

Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, for all purposes related to the implementation of this Agreement, “US Person” and “Specified US Person” shall not include any person who is a Canadian citizen who is ordinarily resident in Canada.

Please “stand up for (Canadian) citizens when a foreign government is encroaching on their rights.” Please tell President Donald Trump you will protect Canadian citizens, Canadian interests, Canadian sovereignty, and Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

“Negotiate a better IGA” now.

Lynne Swanson, Chair
Litigation Committee

Stephen Kish, PhD, Chair
Alliance or the Defence of Canadian Sovereignty

cc: Hon. Billl Morneau, Minister of Finance
Hon. Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Global Affairs

Transfer of Records from CRA to IRS Doubled to 315,000

Elizabeth Thompson of CBC is reporting the number of FATCA records transferred from CRA to IRS doubled from 2016 from 2015.

Banking records of more than 315,000 Canadian residents were turned over to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service last year under a controversial information sharing deal, CBC News has learned.

That is double the number transferred in the deal’s first year.

The Canada Revenue Agency transmitted 315,160 banking records to the IRS on Sept. 28, 2016 — a 104 per cent increase over the 154,667 records the agency sent in September 2015.

The article points out the flip flop of Trudeau, Brison and Goodale.

NDP Revenue Critic Pierre-Luc Dusseault finds the increase in reporting “surprising.” He says:

“I don’t see how there would be 150,000 more accounts reportable to the IRS in one year. It is something I will look into.”

Lynne Swanson has no idea why the number has doubled but finds the number low considering the number of people affected by FATCA.

Swanson hopes the Republican controlled Congress and President Trump will repeal FATCA. She is still waiting for the Federal Court of Canada to intervene to protect Canadians in Canada.

“A foreign government is essentially telling the Canadian government how Canadian citizens and Canadian residents should be treated. It is a violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”

Trump Attack on Canadian (and other) Privacy

Well, the attack on privacy under U.S. President Trump didn’t take long. Just five days after taking office, Trump signed an Executive Order eliminating privacy protections for foreigners.

President Donald Trump’s Executive Order on domestic safety, released yesterday, has enormous implications for the privacy of everyone living outside the United States. For Canadians, the order should raise significant concerns about government data shared with U.S. authorities as well as the collection of Canadian personal information by U.S. agencies. Given the close integration between U.S. and Canadian agencies – as well as the fact that Canadian Internet traffic frequently traverses into the U.S. – there are serious implications for Canadian privacy. Moreover, the order will raise major concerns in the European Union, creating the possibility of restrictions on data transfers as it seemingly kills the Privacy Shield compromise.

There doesn’t seem to be much security of data in the U.S. with 64% of Americans affected by a major data breach

Plus, U.S. border agents are demanding social media information from Muslim Americans and asking foreigners for their social media handles.

It’s happening and it’s scary.

Welcome to TrumpLand.

Reminder: Solving US Citizenship Problems Toronto Sat. Jan 28


 
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The Devil is in the Details When it Comes to the U.S. Exit Tax

reposted from isaac brock society
 

A very   interesting discussionabout the Exit Tax has been taking place at Brock this week. In particular, the comment below from USCitizenAbroad highlights some of the major differences between the U.S. Exit Tax and the more benign Departure Tax that occurs in Canada and Australia. It cannot be overstated how punitive and destructive the U.S. Exit Tax is and anyone contemplating renouncing, should be certain to be familiar with all aspects of it; do a preliminary set of returns and an accurate accounting of all assets including pensions. While anyone can renounce at a Consulate before filing tax and information returns, anyone who is close to being “covered” should get counselling before taking such a step.

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USCitizenAbroad says says:

@Watcher makes the point that:

As you see, then, the devil is very much in the detail. These latter two things have no analog in the Canadian exit tax. So… the US is not the only country to have an exit tax, but the exit tax it does have is one of the worst. And very likely the actual worst.

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