Experts raise concerns about citizenship rules |

While it is correct that the previous definition of residency was not formally clear (ranging from being physically present to mere legal residency), the common sense definition was physical presence, not merely having a mailing address. The policy objective of ensuring a meaningful connection to Canada by being here is part of the integrity of the citizenship program. But as noted by Winter, Robbins and Kurland, this runs against the immigration policy objective of attracting more highly skilled and entrepreneurial immigrants.

We will see what is in the revisions to the Act.

Experts raise concerns about citizenship rules |

Another variant of residency is  medicare coverage, in this BC case where coverage was denied given absence from Canada. Hard to argue with the decision, as this seems a classic case of citizens of convenience, as exemplified by the following entitlement attitude:

They [the couple in question] also suggested “the citizenship ceremony granted them the right to live anywhere,” and that it was “illegal to force them to reside in Canada when they cannot afford to do so,” said the appeal court ruling, written by Justice David Frankel.

Immigrant couple loses appeal to regain medicare revoked for spending too much time outside Canada

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Andrew blogs and tweets public policy issues, particularly the relationship between the political and bureaucratic levels, citizenship and multiculturalism. His latest book, Policy Arrogance or Innocent Bias, recounts his experience as a senior public servant in this area.

2 Responses to Experts raise concerns about citizenship rules |

  1. Marion Vermeersch says:

    Citizenship is certainly a requirement for Health coverage, at least in Ontario: Once you lose your citizenship, you realize how important that is.
    Three years ago, my red & white Health Card was stolen and I had to get a picture Health Card to replace it. I went to the Ministry of Health for Ontario in Hamilton, taking my proofs of residency (here since 1946), identity and citizenship ( my Landing Paper from 1946). I was refused, and told that the Federal CIC had advised Ontario they could no longer accept such Landing Cards as proof. I then went to the CIC nearby and was told that, yes, the Landing Cards were no longer acceptable for Health or anything else. As that was all we ever got in 1946 at Pier 21 from the War Bride Ships, The MP office where I live said there was nothing they could or would do as I should never have had citizenship. I went to the local MPP office (also Conservative!) and he told me to leave it with him, he would “make a call” In a couple of days, his office called and advised me to go back to Hamilton MHO. I did, and got a Health Card, although it was only good for a year. I have wondered what other Lost Canadians do if they do not have an MPP like mine, who might kindly get the rules bent!
    By the way, my crime which made me a Lost Canadian is having been born (prior to marriage due to military orders in WWII) to a Canadian soldier and his War Bride from England.
    I hope this situation gets fixed, but not by giving more power to politicians to strip or to grant citizenship.

  2. Andrew says:

    Thanks Marion, signals from Minister Alexander are that there will be something in the revisions to the Citizenship Act to address some of the remaining Lost Canadian issues.

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