Toronto Globe & Mail editorial on the rights of dual citizens:
The Globe recognizes the needs and rights of dual citizens. I have responded with a posted comment, emphasizing the needs of dual citizens to be protected from their country of origin while within Canada, especially from FATCA and related US initiatives.
For now, the Department of Foreign Affairs seems uninterested in pursuing the suggestion of one of its senior bureaucrats: to scale back consular services for some Canadians with dual citizenship, who live abroad for long periods of time.
For Mohamed Fahmy, a Canadian journalist who has been held for more than two weeks in one of Egypt’s most notorious prisons, that’s especially welcome news.
If Ottawa were to change the rules of consular assistance – along the lines of what has been floated — Mr. Fahmy couldn’t count on Canada’s help to free him from detention in Egypt’s Tora prison. He has been held there, without charge, since Dec. 29, after authorities accused him of filming interviews with members of the now banned Muslim Brotherhood…
Canadians like Mr. Fahmy should get the consular assistance they need. There’s no such thing as a second-class Canadian citizen.