Kenney’s citizenship-stripping plan good politics but dodgy policy: Walkom thestar.com/news/canada/20… – Huge ramifications!
— U.S. Citizen Abroad (@USCitizenAbroad) February 13, 2013
Not only is this an interesting article, but it is sure to put (at least) the issue of dual citizenship in the spotlight. This would be a good place to post comments. Although citizenship is not particularly interesting from a tax perspective, it is interesting from a “terrorism perspective”.
I have always found it interesting that Canada has neither a constitutional definition nor a constitutional guarantee of citizenship.
I wonder what will happen once Canada begins to understand how U.S. persons in Canada represent a threat to the treasury. Incredibly FATCA will result in:
1. The Canadian Government turning Canadian citizens to the IRS; and
2. The IRS levying fines which will push the person into bankruptcy and force them to rely on social services.
Is this not a good reason to get U.S. persons out of Canada? A good way to accomplish this would (for those who are dual citizens) strip them of their citizenship.
Here are two particularly interesting comments to the article:
This is a very slippery slope. Terrorism is used as justification for a dictatorial law. Once in the law can be amended and give the government the power to banish from this country anyone who does not support the political direction of this government and their overlords. Heck, they could even use this law to identify and attack supporters of other political parties for whatever pretense they chose.
This is a replica of the new law in the US that Bush initiated and Obama signed into into law which allows the US government to imprison or even murder American citizens without any judicial process. They can even use “secret expert witnesses” who don’t have to testify in court and can not be questioned by defense lawyers. The Cons are now pushing for the same garbage here in Canada and they bank on the anti-immigrant hatred of the lower educated and less intelligent masses who seem to be their core supporters.
Once the idea of two-tier citizenship is well established and the only question is which group can be deprived from citizenship under certain conditions, there is nothing that prevents a government from arbitrarily manipulating those conditions as it sees fit to include or exclude any group. If you doubt that this is an inevitability, let me remind you last year’s Harperites’ attempt to expand its authority in matters of giving visitor’s visas.
This is without a doubt a one way road away from democracy and the rule of law. It is devious rather than ‘clever’, and a sure opening for a governmental abuse of power.