Monday, Dec 4, 2017
Their Way or the
Long Island Expressway
Federal Bill passed in secret
Betty Krawczyk, Cumberland
is the Magnitsky Act (S-226) that Canada just passed?
Good question. It was passed secretly. Unanimously. Absolutely no
explanations to the Canadian people of what this bill contains. We’ve kind
of been kept in the dark, so to speak. And I believe the reason for not
bringing public attention to this bill is because it contains severe
restrictions on the right to free speech and assembly in Canada but dresses
it up in phony concern about human rights in other countries.
The Magnitsky Act was first passed in the US
and now here. The Act says that the Canadian government has the absolute
right to censure any Canadian citizen who has financial transactions with
any foreign country who they deem to be guilty of human rights violations.
Fancy that. That is a very severe restriction on freedom of speech and
assembly. When we consider that the US finds some country guilty of
violations of human rights every other day, yet not others with documented
violations, or where petty President Trump – in a tweet – can use the act on
any country he takes a notion to, we have to take pause.
What would it mean if a Canadian, who now also lives under that same power
invested in our Prime Minister, wanted to have financial or have financial
family transactions in any country the US doesn’t like? They simply wouldn’t
be able to. And now Prime Minister Trudeau also has this awesome power to
bring any “rebellious” citizen to heel should he or she make a peep of
protest if and when the Prime Minister falls directly in line with US
sanctions on some country that needs their oil wells more “expertly”
The Magnitsky Act (S-226) was passed primarily on the testimony of one man,
William Brower. Brower is an American-British financier of Jewish heritage
who gave up his American citizenship in 1998 in order to avoid paying U.S.
taxes on foreign investments. He was financially huge in Russia, owning and
managing many billion dollar firms there. Brower fled Russia in 2013 amid
two legal cases against him and one of his auditors, Sergei Magnitsky. They
were being charged with libel in London and tax evasion in Russia. Brower
escaped, but Magnitsky died in a Russian Prison eleven months later. Bower
claims (without proof, and he wasn’t in Russia at the time) that Magnitsky
was murdered in prison.
I don’t know what happened in Russia. Neither does the US nor Canadian
governments. But I know something of what happens in the US and Canada. And
for Canada to pass such a restrictive and potentially dangerous law based
primarily on one man’s testimony in revenge against Russia for daring to tax
his enormous wealth made in Russia is so totally fascist I can’t believe it.
I’m stunned. Truly. In the US, Bernie Sanders (I voted for him in the
presidential primaries) voted against this bill that Canada just signed.
More about Bernie later. Next time.
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