Quote: Originally Posted by taxslave
Simply because the come here from various hot spots sround the globe, drop off or have a bunch of brats here,stay just long enough to meet the residency requirements then go back to whereever they came from. Don't contribute to Canada in any way shape or form but use our medical system whenever they need it, demand extraction whenever it gets too hot at home. Giving people like this the right to vote in Canada is just plain wrong. You want to vote here you live and pay taxes here.
And what about people like me? I was born, raised and spent 31 years of my life living in Canada and paying my taxes in Canada, while I can count on one hand the amount of times I used the medical system while being old enough to work and pay "Taxes."
I left due to my wife having two people very close to her die... one of cancer and the other brutally murdered a couple of months later and she wanted to be closer to her remaining family.
I wasn't even out of the country for 5 years and when I tried to sign up to vote outside of the country, I was apparently not eligible due to not having a fixed address within Canada and by their wisdom, I had no intentions of returning.
Just because I no longer live in Canada, that doesn't mean I don't give two craps what happens in Canada, the government, the people, the communities I lived in, the laws and most importantly, the rest of my family who still live in Canada.
The prospects of someday returning back to Canada to live is still very real and neither my wife or myself know whether or not we will stay in Australia or head back with our son, who is a dual-citizen of both countries. I suppose he shouldn't have the right to take interest in Canada or be allowed to vote when he is old enough?
That decision on whether to move back isn't as simple as some may like to think. It costs a lot of money and a lot of paper work involved beyond just booking a ticket. We have to start our lives over, yet again, from scratch and have to account on how that will affect our son. Find jobs, find a place to live, buy everything we need to live.... all from scratch again. Plus the Spousal Visa my wife has to apply for which isn't a few bucks and can take a few years for the Canadian Government to approve/review. If rejected for whatever reason, we don't get that money back.
One other reason why I went to Australia was because for me to apply for a spousal visa in Australia, I only had to wait 3 months. For my wife to apply for the same thing in Canada she had a waiting period of 3 years. So either we had to deal with her living halfway around the world for three years while I sat in Canada twiddling my thumbs, or I make the move to Australia in a much quicker time.
The people you speak of who just have anchor babies to milk the health care system & have no other interest in the nation.... do you honestly think they'd really bother to vote?
Residency in a country doesn't equate to Citizenship and unless you're a citizen, you can't vote. I'm a Permanent Resident of Australia and I can not vote unless I become a Citizen. So someone plopping their butt inside Canada for a couple of years to become a Perm. Resident won't give them any specific privileges towards voting. They can work, they must abide by the laws of the nation, they can run their own businesses, but they can not vote, they can not run for a political office and they can not have a Canadian Passport.
As a Canadian Citizen, we all have the right to vote when we are of legal age and like right to bear arms in the US, a Canadian's Right to Vote shall not be infringed.
The other thing to point out is that if people like me, Canadians Living Outside of Canada, didn't really give a crap about the country, then I wouldn't be in these forums..... and I doubt Andem would even have these forums up in running in the first place.
If the issue of me not paying taxes in Canada is a real concern for some, let's keep in mind that while I am living here in Australia, I am paying their taxes and using their services while I contribute to their society.... I don't touch any of the precious resources you guys are using in Canada and for all the tax I already paid in Canada for services I never used (Medical as one example) I'm perfectly fine with letting you guys keep that without demanding a refund.
But if that's still not good enough, tell you what.... I'll mail off $50 to the Canadian Government. That's actually $50.36 CAD, so profit for you guys.
Last edited by Praxius; Jul 15th, 2014 at 06:55 PM..