Keeping an eye on Communist, Totalitarian China, and its influence both globally, and we as Canadians. I have come to the opinion that we are rarely privy to truth regarding the real goal, the agenda of Red China, and it's implications for Canada [and North America as a whole]. No more can we rely on our media as more and more information on China is actively being swept under the carpet - not for consumption.
Sunday, December 10, 2017
B.C. government wants to resolve foreign buyers tax lawsuit without full trial ...What!
Jun 2, 2017
B.C. government wants to resolve foreign [Chinese] buyers tax lawsuit without full trial
A Chinese led lawsuit alleging the foreign [Chinese] buyers tax violated Charter rights was launched against the British Columbia government last September. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)
B.C.'s provincial government says the constitutional challenge put forward by a foreign homebuyer on Metro Vancouver's 15 per cent foreign homebuyers tax is "of questionable merit" and can be resolved without undertaking a full trial.
The provincial government has responded to the potential class action lawsuit launched last September by lead plaintiff Jing Li, a university student from the People's Republic of China now living in Burnaby.
Li says she was caught by the 15 per cent foreign buyers tax — which the province implemented last August to slow down the region's red-hot real estate market — which added $84,000 to the price of a townhouse she had attempted to buy in Langley.
In her claim, Li alleged the province had acted beyond its powers by applying the tax and alleged it had violated foreign treaties and international obligations the federal government had made to other nations.
Jing Li [the student protagonist used by Communist Beijing] signed a contract to purchase a townhouse in Langley 12 days before the province introduced a 15 per cent tax on foreign buyers acquiring property in Metro Vancouver.
In an amended claim submitted in February, Li further blamed the province had discriminated against her on the basis of Chinese national origin, contrary to the equality guarantee of Section 15 of the Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The claim has generated considerable interest across the country, particularly in Ontario which launched its own foreign [Chinese] buyers' tax in April.
They have yet to be certified as class action lawsuits.
No rights infringed, province says
In early May, the province responded to Li's complaint by saying the foreign buyers tax does not violate foreign buyers' rights.
In its response, the province acted well within its powers to apply taxes. It argues that any international treaties agreed to by the federal government would be irrelevant, unless they have been specifically implemented into domestic law via legislation.
On the Section 15 Charter challenge, the province argued the tax makes its distinction based on immigration status — not national origin — and is therefore not protected by the Charter.
Summary trial preferred
Furthermore, the province is making the unusual move of requesting a summary trial — where the judge can make a preliminary decision without a full trial — before the class action is certified.
The province says the class action certification process would add "unnecessary complexity and costs."
It adds the court would be forced to engage in a much broader range of issues than the case warrants, which, it says, would be "highly inefficient."
A timely resolution of the issue is imperative, the province says, adding time would dramatically increase potential costs for the province if the litigation were to go on.
If the claim is successful, the province would have to repay all the revenue it's collected through the tax — which could be in the hundreds of millions.
David Rosenberg, a B.C. based lawyer and expert on class action litigation, says applying for a summary trial before certification is an uncommon step as the majority of class action suits proceed to certification first.
But the strategy occasionally succeeds and could do away with the entire trial, he said.
"If the court sees there's a discrete, clear legal point that could be decided and could dispose of the entire litigation, it may hear that application at an early stage," he said.
Rosenberg says this would also disadvantage the "foreign buyers" when it comes to costs.
If the summary trial goes ahead before the class action is certified, he said, the plaintiffs won't be protected from paying costs by B.C.'s no-cost class action regime.
"That's a real danger to them that they may, if they lose the application, also have to pay costs and they may be significant," he explained.
For now, none of the allegations has been proven in court.