Nonetheless, three quarters of all Canadians (72 per cent) dont want immigration levels to increase, as this newspaper has urged.
Hes 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. A couple of months ago I confronted Jason Kenney with Jackie Scotts case, and he implied that it, and others like it, would be resolved in the near future. What is inexplicable is how he and CIC apparatchiks have the nerve to say there was no such thing as a Canadian citizen before 1947 a curious magic date.
Under the British North America Act in 1867, Canada became a separate country, and citizenship was determined by the father, including married women, minors, lunatics and idiots.
Children born in wedlock were considered property (and nationality) of the father; out of wedlock, property of the mother. Some aspects of Canadas sloppy Citizenship Act were corrected in 2009, but up to 5% have slipped through the cracks and are still denied citizenship.
Jason Kenney knows this, but still has the effrontery to say that Canadians who went to war were not Canadian citizens.
Like Second World War veteran Guy Valliere who died a stateless Lost Canadian because CIC never got around to his case, Jackie Scott fears that at age 66 shell be dead before shes confirmed a genuine Canadian like the rest of her family.
I rather like Jason Kenney, but refusing to recognize Canadian citizenship prior to 1947 reveals an unforgivable flaw. by John Ibbitson A recent Ipsos Reid poll shows that 36 per cent of Canadians believe that this countrys high immigration levels are harming the economic recovery.
The good news is that 41 per cent believe immigration is doing more good than harm.
Its 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. Its not just a slip of the tongue or a misunderstanding, but a considered view to which the government is apparently committed.
This is a theme Kenney and Citizenship and Immigration (CIC) have been pushing for some time.
Or, as Jason Kenney told Jackie Scott, who confronted him: (Soldiers) are heroes, but at the time they were British subjects.