Second World War not over for would-be Canadian
It’s pretty hard to believe that Citizenship Minister Jason Kenney would tell the daughter of a Canadian war veteran in Vancouver that her father, who was born in Canada and had never set foot out of the country until it asked him to go to war, was not, in fact, a Canadian citizen but a British subject.
Insulting, degrading ... and wrong.
This is a theme Kenney and Citizenship and Immigration (CIC) have been pushing for some time. It’s not just a slip of the tongue or a misunderstanding, but a considered view to which the government is apparently committed.
Or, as Jason Kenney told Jackie Scott, who confronted him: “(Soldiers) are heroes, but at the time they were British subjects.” He said prior to 1947 there was no such thing as a “Canadian” citizen.
Some eight years ago when Jackie Scott was denied a Canadian passport, she was told she was not Canadian — despite working here, paying taxes, voting, having children and grandchildren who are Canadian.
She was born out of wedlock in Britain to a Canadian soldier and a British mother, who married after Jackie’s birth and came to Canada. Jackie never had doubts that she was a citizen, until CIC told her she wasn’t.
Jason Kenney elaborated that none of the Canadian soldiers killed in First and Second World Wars — more than 100,000 killed in Canada’s name, including 3,598 at Vimy Ridge — were citizens. They were British subjects. Why, in the name of sanity, is Prime Minister Stephen Harper letting such nonsense be disseminated by his government? He’s got to know it is wrong, yet he tolerates abuse to the memories of Canadians killed in war — as symbolized by the continuing meanness to Jackie Scott and hundreds like her who think they are Canadian but are ensnared in bureaucratic red tape that denies them citizenship.
While feeling hurt and abandoned, Jackie Scott is more outraged that her father is being discredited.
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It's too bad that the Liberals can't focus on regaining the trust of the Canadian people, because I might even consider throwing them my vote to teach these bums a god damn lesson.
As for the NDP, I'd rather eat the ass out of a horse then vote for that bunch of A-Holes.
HEY JASON KENNEY YOU ARE A F_CKSTICK!