Warning: This controversial question of Canadian Federal Elections vs Dual Citizenship just might rub people the wrong way.
So to clarify, this story is only about the Canadian politicians running Canada.
The Election is coming up and, who should I Vote For? As an ordinary Canadian Citizen I have questions and concerns that I’ve always wanted to ask but never did, for example;
#1 When holding a high government position in Canada, the first question is, should the placement be allowed to have Dual Citizenship?
Can Canadian citizens automatically assume that a Government Politian with dual Citizenship will hold Canada and its people solely in their best interest?
That’s a Silly Question, eh!
But not too silly of a question to the Americans! They take dual citizenship a little more seriously than we do.
According to Forbes; “That’s a genuine concern south of the border” When holding dual citizenship, it could result in a conflict of interests in high office and whether persons holding high office should abandon their second citizenships?
And that’s my concern here!
A few years back the runner-up for the Prime Minister’s job, there was rumbling that Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s had dual Canadian / United States citizenship.
Some circles were concerned whether he should renounce one. That at face value seemed to rub Andrew the wrong way and he resigned.
Another person quoted as saying, “Does a Canadian politician with dual citizenship really matter?”
If it didn’t matter, Andrew Scheer would not have given up running and probably winning the Prime Minister’s job. So, he thought it wasn’t worth giving up his U.S. papers for a measly Canadian Prime Ministers’ job!
The Canadian Elections Act apparently doesn’t have any rules banning members of Parliament — or potential prime ministers from holding dual citizenship; I guess Scheer didn’t really know that!
Now keep in mind, many past prime ministers thought that Canada had been far too dependent on other nations for its growth. And they tried to sway Canada away from such a closed-minded dependent mentality. Would eliminate dual citizenship for anybody holding office, a start in the right direction?
But according to 2016 census data, roughly 1.4 million Canadians hold more than one citizenship paper. A lot of them have high Canadian Government positions like for example, Minister for Women and Gender Equality Maryam Monsef.
So in the end it’s not uncommon for Canadian politicians to have dual citizenship since no rules prohibit or limit it.
And, it’s not just the Trudeau government. Politicians with dual citizenship have been standard practice in all the past MPs and senators alike.
“There is sort of an understanding by the Canadian public that if you have second citizenship papers somewhere. You will renounce one when elected for a high government position.”
But according to Google research, that’s a myth.
Why should it be a myth, I ask? Canada’s interest should be foremost in any government-held position. My augment is, these people that hold dual citizenship papers can make changes to Canadian laws and prosperity for all Canadians. Why does that sound delusional that you ask them to renounce their past country of origin for their new, show that you’re all in?
Associate professor at the University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy and Governance Phil Triadafilopoulos said he doesn’t believe dual citizenship affects a politician’s ability to do their job.
But I hate to differ!
Former Governor-General in 2005 Michaëlle Jean had to renounce her French citizenship for reasons unknown but we assumed, because of her new Canadian government posting.
One other dignitary said, “This idea that your patriotism is determined by where you were born,” “I like to think that as Canadians, we’re really past that.”
Words were probably spoken from a person that has dual citizenship and if asked, they would have no intentions of forfeiting either one.
So, are we really past that? Can the government of Canada have a Prime Minister that has a legionance to two countries, and if so, where would his loyalty lie? Or maybe you could ask that same question of any Politian holding office with two papers.
And the same goes for all leaders that have the ability to sway Canada’s future in the direction of their choosing.
Even today the west provinces wonder where loyalties lie when the west gets treaded differently than the east. For example, $6 billion to Quebec in the east with no strings attached the west end up have a list of conditions. And that’s in our own country.
So you still think it’s a silly question?
That’s my GREATEST concern as an ordinary Canadian citizen. But, like the other writer said, “I think Canadians are all past that mentality — right?”
It’s only fair to have a comparison, so I went online to see how our friends to the south conduct this problem!
U.S. law does not formally recognize Dual Citizenship, and some say it’s a bit of a gray area.
According to Forbes.com
Question; when holding dual citizenship could result in a conflict of interests in high office and whether persons holding high office should abandon their second citizenships.
Senator Ted Cruz did have both U.S. and a Canadian dual citizen because he was born in Alberta, Canada to a U.S. citizen mother. He had to and did renounce his Canadian citizenship in 2014.
Dual citizenship is a tricky subject at the best of times, bringing up questions of divided loyalties and voluntariness. Being accused of having foreign allegiances can be poisonous for a politician.
My apologies again for people thinking I’m mixing all dual citizenship owners in the same basket, “that was not my intent of this article!”
But my reasoning is quite simple, when you’re making long-term decisions for Canada’s future, my future, and beyond, there should be no doubt where your interest lie.
So, you still think it’s a silly question eh!
I’m just an ordinary Canadian citizen asking a silly question and, “I have more!”
By David Allan Wiles