From the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association:
Last Friday, part of Bill C-24 went into effect, officially creating a two-tier citizenship system. As a result of this new law, dual citizens and people who have immigrated to Canada can have their citizenship taken away while other Canadians cannot. The government’s press release last week tried to justify this discriminatory law by raising the threat of “jihadi terrorism,” but Bill C-24 could easily be used against non-terrorists—for example, a journalist who is convicted of a “terrorism offence” in another country for reporting on human rights violations by the government.
There are over 4500 comments to the article at the CBC, and most are CON negative. Is this a good sign for October? I hope so. My comment is buried among the rest, but I am feeling the ‘will of the people’ here, or maybe just thinking wishfully. Encouraging others to add to the anti-Harper comments….
Canadians need to insist that ‘the will of the people’ reflect our so-called democratic Canadian society, otherwise we are our own worst enemies. Harper and Company are the antithesis to the ‘will of the people’: Bill C51(‘anti-terrorist’ – yeah right), Bill C-24(strengthening CDN citizenship – yeah right, more like threatening those with potential dual citizenship), FATCA(what’s that? hidden in Bill C-31 omnibus budget that makes Cdns with US ties 2nd class), TPP(big business wins, citizens lose), AIIB non-support(why are we NOT joining a move towards the exodus of the US dollar?), etc.
Vote strategically this October if you have hope for the future of your children and grandchildren. Choose the candidate in your riding most likely to defeat the Conservative candidate, whether that be Liberal or NDP. If your riding is balanced between the Liberals and NDP, vote for the party candidate which is ahead in the national polls.
Heave Steve. Let the Liberals know(should they win as they are as ruled by bankers and corporations as the CONS) that their days are numbered too if they think they do not work for us.
Like WhiteKat, I posted something on Harper’s use of our tax dollars for Tory campaign polling, which like WhiteKat’s comments got buried in the avalanche of mainly anti-Harper posts. I’m copying it here, because though it’s off-topic for this thread and this website, I think it’s worth passing on. Here goes:
As are many other Canadians, I am angered and disgusted at the hypocritical use by Harper and his party of my tax dollars to conduct opinion polls for their partisan purposes, data that will either never be shared with the public who paid for it and who provided it, or, if ever shared, won’t be shared until after the election is over. For the Prime Minister and the party who rightly criticized the Liberals for the sponsorship scandal to turn around and do something like this, is yet one more reason to vote ABC.
Because of this abuse of my tax dollars, I have decided that for the rest of this election campaign, I will not provide any information to any opinion pollster, or anyone whom I think might be an opinion pollster masquerading as something else, on any political topic. I will provide my opinions on various things, by email or in person, to the candidate for whom I intend to vote in my riding (who is NOT a Conservative), and to the candidate’s party leader. I will not provide opinions to door-to-door canvassers, no matter who they say they represent, unless accompanied by that candidate.
I urge everyone who is not a Tory supporter to do likewise. The result will be to distort these opinion polls in favour of the (generally now marginalized and unpopular) opinions of the Tory base, encouraging the Tories to pander even more to their base in the coming months, leading I hope to their further marginalization and to a very nasty surprise for them on election day.
You are under no obligation to reply to any pollster or questioner, other than in a court of law or during the national census. Just don’t cooperate with pollsters, and the whole exercise becomes a misleading waste of money. Sabotage the polls and sabotage Harper. Share your opinions only in person to whomever you intend to support on voting day, and to those friends and neighbours whom you wish to influence.
Ask your friends and neighbours to do likewise.
I was thrilled to have this article unexpectedly land in my inbox! Keep up the good work and getting even more exposure!
On the brighter side, do you think we could convince the Government of Canada to use this new found power to extradite Roy Berg from Canada? He and his ilk inflict much terror on Canadians who have unfortunate birth places.
@PierreD, I doubt it. Roy Berg plays right in to the image of us that the CDN gov’t continues to promote (so as to be able to get away with throwing us under the bus), i.e. that we are ‘Americans living in Canada’ who therefore are required to abide by American law.
Sadly, if Americans were not so hated, Canadians(not just Canadians with clinging US nationality) would get offended by the term ‘American in Canada.’ Try referring to someone as ‘Chinese in Canada’ on a Canadian blog or article anywhere, or in a discussion among a group of people, and you will get beat on. But rarely does anyone bat an eyelash, when we are referred to as ‘Americans in Canada’.
This discriminatory attitude has got to change if we are going to get support from our fellow Canadians for being FATCA’d. And even if we win the FATCA lawsuit, what is the USA going to ask for next? Our RRSPs to help fund their wars? Our children to help fight their wars? Would Canadians even care since we are ‘Americans in Canada’?
“Canadians Held Hostage by the US in Canada Who Are Left to Pay Their Own Ransom”
I’m writing some letters to Conservatives, explaining why, after decades of Reform and Conservative voting, I cannot stomach voting Conservative this year. (Yes, I’ve finally made up my mind.). I will include the above name as an alternative to their “Americans in Canada”.
C-31 and C-51 have left me feeling insecure and unprotected by my government in the only country I have ever known.
Oh, if only I could vote now, I know the Conservatives will never get it.
This issue affects all Canadians. It is miscategorized as “Issues regarding US persons abroad.”
To the best of my understanding, I am eligible to apply for Japanese citizenship. I am not a permanent resident here but I don’t have to be; Japanese law does not require permanent residence to apply for citizenship.
As far as Canada is concerned, it does not matter that I have no wish to apply for Japanese citizenship. What matters is that I am probably eligible for it.
This status makes me eligible for being rendered stateless by the Government of Canada, right?
Don’t overlook the plea bargaining issue. It’s a lot easier to get somebody to plead guilty, whether they are or not, if you threaten to banish them from Canada, and nobody will object that the government is doing this, because after all you pled guilty.
@WhiteKat, thank you for using “clinging US nationality.”
Terms are so important and we need to use terms like that. Us Nationality = gum on shoe.
I have become militant in regard to nationality. For kicks I have gone into High Street Banks solely so that I can start to open an account…and when they ask place of birth…..I explain thats racist. I then ask, “Would you like to know my sexual preference?”
We must not let these people become comfortable with their actions.
Detailed post on Australia’s equivalent, the Australian Citizenship Amendment (Allegiance to Australia) Bill 2015
I can just imagine. I am not a dual citizen now, and never was Australian, but imagine if I were a dual Australian and Canadian.
And imagine I got a shoelace stuck in the escalator going up to the Canadian embassy in Tokyo.
That would be enough for both Australia and Canada to strip me of citizenships, right?
Citizenship could be stripped for wide range of offences under terror laws
The BC Civil Liberties Association is doing an excellent job of trying to raise public awareness of the dangers from and outrages of Bill C-24.
I urge everyone to sign this on-line petition they’ve started to Chris Alexander, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. Probably a waste of time; when has Harper or any of his cabinet ministers listened to anyone other than their spin doctors and their “base” (now declined to 28% of Canadians according to latest Global News national poll, putting the Liberals at 29% and the NDP at 35% with a clear shot at a minority government given seat-distribution models they used, 11 seats more than the Tories and 44 more than the Liberals).
… also I suggest emailing, phoning or speaking with (in person) whichever federal candidate in your riding has in your opinion the best shot at defeating the Tory candidate in your writing, and also that candidate’s party leader, on this issue. Mention that BCCLA has launched a court challenge to Bill C-24, yet another example of undemocratic, illegal and badly-written laws by Harper that result in plaintiffs (and all taxpayers through funding of government legal bills) having to pay to fight against legislation that should never have seen the light of day in the first place, if Department of Justice lawyers had been allowed to do their jobs as they did them before Harper ordered them to pass on any legislation that has more than a 5% chance of surviving a court challenge (sic!).
For poll junkies, check out that Global News survey here
Article says the seat projections were produced “using a blended, weighted sample of over 8,000 respondents to Ipsos, Angus Reid, and Ekos polls conducted between May 27 and June 23.”
Ipsos, Angus Reid, and Ekos are all among the best and most reputable national polling organizations in Canada. The margin of error for a national sample of 8000 is around 2%, for the 19-times-out-of-20 confidence level, though that only applies at the national and not at the provincial level. So Tory and Liberal support is a statistical tie, but the NDP is (or was during that time frame) statistically reliable.
I signed the petition some time ago and hope everyone else at Brock from Canada has or will do the same. This morning I sent the same information as I provided for a Letter to the Editor of the Calgary Herald, which has not appeared: http://isaacbrocksociety.ca/2015/06/24/help-me-keep-my-april-5-promise-revisited-we-will-never-forget-the-iga-betrayal-by-the-cons/comment-page-1/#comment-6237604
We should be working together.
Calgary. Letters to the editor have to be brief. If not, they are Op-Eds. Lengthy letters will not be published.
Hope these shenanigans won’t adversely affect the trend we’re seeing: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/tories-will-benefit-big-from-2015s-new-electoral-map-elections-canada-data-shows/article16630731/ (Tories stand to benefit from 2015’s new electoral map, Elections Canada data show – The Globe and Mail).
I guess so, Duke of Devon. How do you make these issues brief sound bytes with no, or very little, pertinent information?
“How do you make these issues brief sound bytes with no, or very little, pertinent information?”
Some newspapers allow letters to the editor to present issues and summaries while referring to web sites for further details.
But this needs mainstream publication rather than referring to a web site. Please make it an op-ed.
Norman Diamond, Duke of Devon,
I will resubmit as an op-ed and see if it flies.
On CBC Calgary morning news, but this is the only place I found it on the internet:
UN Human Rights Committee slams Canada for record on women / aboriginal women and numerous other matters, ranging from refugees to Bill C-51, the new anti-terror law
UN Report On Canada’s Human Rights Record A ‘Wake-Up Call’
July 23, 2015: “Canada: Amnesty International urges all levels of government to implement Human Rights Committee recommendations”
Second class Canadian citizenship really is official.
The recipients of that status sure do deserve honours, but … second class citizenship with none of the rights, privileges, or duties?