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Stunning Hypocrisy: Canada Threatens Closure of Eritrean Consulate Over Diaspora Tax

What John Baird and his government failed to come up was the evidence. No one has ever been threathened or extorted for not paying its voluntary 2% tax. None. Remember, innocent until proven Guilty.
What John Baird and his government failed to come up was the evidence. None. Those who oppose to pay the 2% tax has never reported any incident of threat or intimidation to the police except whining on the media. Remember, innocent until proven Guilty.

By The Isaac Brock Society,

ONLY one week after ushering-in FATCA on Canada Day, Canada’s government is warning the Eritrean consulate to stop harassing Eritrean-Canadians or risk closure of its consulate. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird made the announcement today in Ottawa.

Fair enough to say that this is certainly one of the most egregiously hypocritical moves the Conservative government has ever made – and there have been far too many to count over the years.

We would love to hear Mr. Baird explain to Canadians how it is acceptable for the United States to impose its infinitely more invasive extraterritorial tax laws in Canada but Eritrea’s amateur-hour 2% shakedown warrants impending closure of its consulate?  Could it be that Mr. Baird is in fact preparing a subsequent announcement that he will be ordering the immediate closure of the US Embassy as well?  Should we give him the benefit of the doubt?  Continue reading Stunning Hypocrisy: Canada Threatens Closure of Eritrean Consulate Over Diaspora Tax

Will Canada’s Hard Line on Eritrea’s ‘Diaspora’ Tax Apply to the U.S.?

The real question Ottawa must now answer is this: If Eritrea’s 2 % Diaspora Tax is such an egregious example of extra-territorial tax oppression, how does the U.S. escape the same treatment? Yes, we all know what the answer is.

“It seems to me that both the United States and Eritrea are following the same principal of taxing their citizens who live abroad. One we call extortion, the other we assist by handing over information. We say Eritrea uses threats, harassment and intimidation; the Americans only threaten the full sanction of U.S. law. Does the word hypocrisy ring a bell?”  – Jim MacKay, Markham, Ontario

By Don Whiteley,

HOW nice to see Canada taking a very hard line with the government of Eritrea and its attempts to impose a diaspora tax on Eritrean citizens now living in Canada. This country really does have a backbone when it comes to standing up to oppression and injustice.

How to explain, then, that while we send the Eritrean consul packing and threaten to shut down the consulate, we let U.S. Ambassador David Jacobsen stay put in Ottawa with nary a word of protest over America’s “diaspora” tax?

There are only two countries in the world that levy income tax based on citizenship rather than residence; one is Eritrea and the other is the United States. But while Canada fulminates and threatens mayhem against Eritrea, it says nothing about the U.S. Even worse, it is actively negotiating with the U.S. to implement an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) that would have Canada Revenue Agency help the U.S. IRS track down its citizens in Canada and bring them into the U.S. tax fold.

Could it be the power gap?  Continue reading Will Canada’s Hard Line on Eritrea’s ‘Diaspora’ Tax Apply to the U.S.?

Canada’s Proxy War and Hostility Against Eritrea

“I was there for the battle of Afabet — walking among dead bodies, witnessing the pillaged Ethiopian army headquarters …” Peter Worthington, May 17, 2013

Canada’s inexcusable insult and hostility towards Eritrea should stop!

By Dawit Solomon,

I do not live in Canada, and have very little knowledge of the country but I have travelled throughout Canada like to Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Québec City to Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Niagara Falls. As a tourist I found the country very peaceful, beautiful and the people very friendly.

However in recent years, I started reading some hostile media reports aimed at Eritrea(ns) and I was wondering, Why?

Last week, through various Eritrean online news sources, I was introduced to a Canadian Continue reading Canada’s Proxy War and Hostility Against Eritrea

Canada Must Protect Eritrean-Canadians

We call upon the Canadian government to ensure that our community is not a target of hate crimes or other forms of discrimination by individuals, the media or public institutions.



The Eritrean-Canadian community is deeply saddened by a consistent pattern of media attacks in clear disregard of the proud history of a vibrant African community in Canada. As several media outlets continue to report about Eritrean-Canadians without consulting the communities that represent them, it has resulted in a growing discontent among Eritrean-Canadians.

The media outlets also appear to be disinterested in hearing the views of the majority of Eritrean-Canadians who are law abiding and hard-working people that have contributed in making Canada the mosaic of cultures that it is.  Continue reading Canada Must Protect Eritrean-Canadians