Ian Mulgrew: Outraged Chapman a tireless crusader for disenfranchised Canadians

Profile on citizenship activist Don Chapman and his focus on “Lost Canadians”:

Don Chapman pulled from his backpack books, photocopies of historic documents and legal briefs.

Depending on the moment, he picked them up and brandished them like a club he would use on Ottawa, or as an indictment: “Look at this!”

The airline pilot turned longtime citizenship crusader can’t believe the new Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act is so bad.

While the B.C. Civil Liberties Association and refugee lawyers are preparing a constitutional challenge, Chapman is involved in other court cases and pounding the table to rouse Canadians.

“Nobody paid attention in spite of me screaming and yelling — I was considered a nutcase,” he said about his opposition to the law, substantial portions of which recently came into effect.

It fixed some of the past citizenship anomalies, but it created others and has sparked a lot of concern.

Ian Mulgrew: Outraged Chapman a tireless crusader for disenfranchised Canadians.

About Andrew
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.

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