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Ask your MP for “simpler renunciation” of US citizenship

I’m creating this post in hopes that other Canadians will agree that what I have done was a good idea, and will join me in writing to or speaking with their MPs. In the past, dialogue I have had with government representatives has been of the: “Please don’t legislate FATCA” variety, but today I took a different approach. I emailed  my Liberal MP, Chandra Arya, and suggested to him that the Liberal government might want to negotiate with USA for a “simpler renunciation” for Canadians who are caught up in the FATCA net, yet are unable to renounce due to a combination of a high renunciation fee (as compared to Canada’s much more reasonable fee) along with the complexities and expenses involved in the attendant need to become US tax and reporting compliant.

Shortly after sending the email to Mr. Arya, he called me.  He told me he is familiar with FATCA’s negative effect on innocent Canadians as he has a friend who is going through the renunciation process currently. He seemed very sympathetic with our plight. Mr. Arya also told me that he thought my suggestion for negotiating a “simpler renunciation” for Canadians made sense and said  it was something that possibly could be tackled as a multi-country initiative as not only Canadians would benefit by such a proposal. He said he would pursue my suggestion further and get back to me.

What if anything may come of my effort who knows.  But I strongly urge others to approach their MP with the same suggestion.

 

 

 

 

New Year’s Wish

As 2016 draws to a close, there are people from all walks of life, throughout the world, who share one attribute, along with one New Year’s wish. These are the ‘US persons’ – those individuals who USA says are inexorably connected to the USA, most commonly due to birth on American soil. Their collective New Year’s wish – to be free of the inequities associated with being deemed a ‘US person’.

During an interview regarding his book, ONE MIND, How Our Individual Mind is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why it Matters, Dr Larry Dossey says: “Our problems are enormous: global climate change, environmental degradation, pollution, overpopulation, water scarcity, hunger and food insecurity, endless wars, religious strife, degradation and acidification of our oceans, on and on. Nearly all these problems are caused by individuals who represent a particular culture, race, tribe, country, or religion, who are competing with other individuals of different views. We cannot see beyond our individual self, our tribe, our religion, our culture. All of these problems are compounded by greed and selfishness…. It is going to be difficult or impossible to confront these problems intelligently without dealing with our fragmentation and sense of separateness. We need a profound shift in our sense of how we are related to one another. I believe this shift is possible by re-imagining how we connect with others through our consciousness. The “us-against-them” competitive model is not going to see us through. A shift to a One-Mind perspective may be our best alternative — a sense of unity that is experienced at our deepest emotional levels.”

The human rights grievances associated with being a ‘US person’, although justified, may seem trivial compared to the plethora of issues threatening the survival of humanity and our planet. Nonetheless, they are  representative of a lack of ‘One Mind’. When governments and financial institutions, consisting mostly of individuals who are lucky enough not to be classified as ‘US persons’, support, enable or enforce ‘US person’ laws (i.e. CBT, FBAR, FATCA currently, but who knows what else in future) in the misguided belief that harm inflicted on a minority is justified to ‘protect’ the majority, or worse deny there is any harm being done at all, we all lose. And when as individuals or groups we silence, label, deny, invalidate, discriminate against, or marginalize others, even in our comparatively small spheres of influence, we all lose.

“Just as a parent chooses to protect his or her own children, we sense, through the One Mind, that we must protect our relations with whom we share consciousness, which includes all of life on earth. The new ethic makes it possible to expand and revise the Golden Rule. We no longer say, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Now we say, “Be compassionate to others because in some sense they are you.” ”

Happy New Year.

What We Leave Behind

The Honourable James Flaherty, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Finance
House of Commons,
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6

Re: Minister Flaherty, how do you want to be remembered?

Dear Minister Flaherty:

There comes a time in many (not all that’s for sure) people’s lives when they wonder what they have accomplished, and what they will leave behind after their time on this planet is up. I’m at that point. And I feel like I’ve not accomplished much; at least nothing on a global scale. Sure, I’ve been a ‘good person’, always an exemplary employee, pretty good mom, polite to a fault, paid all my taxes (at least the ones I knew about it, and to the government of the country I’ve lived in all my working life), but I will leave nothing behind that the world will remember me by. Not that that’s a bad thing as it is the reality for 99.99% of all of us.

What about you? Will the world remember you? Will Canada?
Will your name go down in the history books? And if it does, what would you want to be remembered for?

Do you want to be remembered, as the Canadian Finance Minister who caved and signed on to FATCA and solidified US domination of the world forever more, or as the person who changed the direction of the world because he had the balls to say ‘NO’ to the USA bully? Because that would take huge balls! And that would surely get you remembered not just as a very ‘good person’, but as someone instrumental in positive global change.

A lot is at stake here. Not just for ‘US persons’ in Canada (or elsewhere), but for people of every citizenship living everywhere in the world, and for their children, though most don’t know it yet, and many never will. But the history books will tell the story.

You have a chance – I don’t – to write history. Don’t blow it. People like me are counting on you. Feel free to pass this letter on to your boss, if you think it will help change the course of history.

Sincerely,
Xxxxxxxx Xxxxx (real name not hidden from Flaherty)
Canadian citizen since birth in 19xx (unfortunately also born with red/white/blue tattoo)