khobar
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Canadians No Longer Canadians

Thu Jan 25, 2007 8:03 am

Wow, this would suck, eh?

"Hundreds of people are suddenly discovering that they are not Canadians as new laws requiring travellers to have a passport to fly to the U.S. go into effect Tuesday, CBC's investigative unit has learned.

"Many applying for a Canadian passport have been informed their chance to remain a citizen expired years ago because of an obscure provision in the Citizenship Act, a little-known law that applied between 1947 and 1977.

"The law states that if you lived outside Canada on your 24th birthday and failed to sign the right form, you automatically lost your citizenship."

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/01/23/citizenship-passports.html
 
Lumberton
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RE: Canadians No Longer Canadians

Thu Jan 25, 2007 8:06 am

Shouldn't this be on Non-Av? Very tenuous link to General Aviation IMO.

[Edited 2007-01-25 00:08:44]
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AerospaceFan
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RE: Canadians No Longer Canadians

Thu Jan 25, 2007 8:09 am

Quoting Khobar (Thread starter):
"Many applying for a Canadian passport have been informed their chance to remain a citizen expired years ago because of an obscure provision in the Citizenship Act, a little-known law that applied between 1947 and 1977.

My goodness. Wouldn't this mean that some of these people could be stateless?
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connies4ever
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RE: Canadians No Longer Canadians

Thu Jan 25, 2007 8:35 am

Quoting AerospaceFan (Reply 2):
Quoting Khobar (Thread starter):
"Many applying for a Canadian passport have been informed their chance to remain a citizen expired years ago because of an obscure provision in the Citizenship Act, a little-known law that applied between 1947 and 1977.

My goodness. Wouldn't this mean that some of these people could be stateless?

The devil is always in the details. Some were born out of wedlock, some to people who could not document their Canadian citizenship. Some let their applications lapse.

My Dad, who was born in Blighty, actually faced not being permitted to re-enter since he had kept his British passport. So, after a reasonably intense argument, he went out and got a Canadian one. This was I believe about 1976 or 77. When I was clearing up some of his papers after his passing in 2000, I noted that he had a current British passport in the top drawer of his desk.
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AerospaceFan
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RE: Canadians No Longer Canadians

Thu Jan 25, 2007 8:45 am

I see. I'm sorry to read of your father's passing. It certainly seems to have complicated his life to have had to secure two passports.

Canada's history is most interesting; many have thought of it as quintessentially British, and indeed, its Head of State is still the Governor General while the Queen is out of the country, and I believe it's the Queen when she is within it. Please correct me if I'm wrong. This, even after the patriation of British North America Act thanks to the efforts of Trudeau.

As well, the Canadian Constitution, insofar as its major additions in 1982, is a relatively new document -- one of the newest, if not the newest, of any major Western country, yet with a fundamental basis extending back to 1867.

My primary interest in my response was whether the newfound non-Canadian status of certain individuals could effectuate a status as citizens of no state. I believe that statelessness is a disfavored status in the sense that laws that cause it are looked upon askance. Yet I have heard nothing that suggests that the application of this little-known provision would be held in abeyance merely in observance of this principle.

This is, thus, an issue that may extend beyond the question of passports and affect the full range of rights and obligations of those affected.
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