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Canada Issues a Wake-Up Call: You May Be A Canadian
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By PHRED DVORAK

Thanks to a new law, Canada will bestow citizenship Friday on what its government believes could be hundreds of thousands of unsuspecting foreigners, most of them Americans.

The April 17 amendment to Canada's Citizenship Act automatically restores Canadian nationality to many people forced to renounce it when they became citizens of another country. It also grants citizenship to their children.

In the video 'Waking Up Canadian,' a man goes to sleep in a drab room and wakes up to find out that he's become a citizen of Canada. Surrounded by flags, maple-leaf-shaped cookies and a canister of maple syrup, he's welcomed by a hockey player, two plush moose and a uniformed Mountie.


The Canadian government doesn't know the precise number or location of individuals affected by the legislation. But it believes most are U.S. citizens, a spokeswoman for Canada's immigration office said. U.S. Department of Homeland Security records show 240,000 Canadians were naturalized in the U.S. from 1948 to 1977; the new law fixes problems that occurred during those years.

To reach that amorphous group of beneficiaries, the Canadian government has turned to YouTube. It's running an ad there titled "Waking up Canadian," in which a man awakens on April 17 to a room festooned with red-and-white Canadian flags. He's met by a welcoming committee consisting of two stuffed plush moose, a hockey player, and a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Eligible individuals automatically become Canadian citizens. But they don't get proof of that citizenship unless they apply for it, meaning other countries -- including those that allow people to be citizens of only one nation -- won't be alerted, according to the immigration office spokeswoman. Those people also may renounce their citizenship rights, she said.

Canada is using YouTube to tout a new law granting citizenship to unsuspecting foreigners, many of whom are Americans.

The citizenship bonanza is the byproduct of a decadeslong struggle by a motley group of people who claim they were unfairly denied or lost their Canadian nationality. Canadian families who crossed the border in 1947 to 1977 to have their babies in a U.S. hospital found those children weren't recognized as Canadians unless the families registered them with the government. Some foreign brides of Canadian World War II servicemen lost their citizenship if they stayed out of the country for a decade or more.

Then there are the Canadian Mennonites who moved to Mexico in the 1920s to the 1960s. When their children and grandchildren returned to Canada, many found their nationality unclear.

Some such cases languished in litigation for years. Others surfaced in 2007, when new U.S. rules requiring passports for travel between Canada and the U.S. uncovered significant numbers of people who thought they were Canadian, but weren't. The old rules were "quite intricate," said Bill Janzen, an immigration lobbyist in Ottawa for the Mennonite Central Committee of Canada.

The new law offers citizenship to many individuals now in limbo. It also stops the previous practice of granting citizenship in perpetuity to children of Canadians born abroad, limiting eligibility to children of parents born in Canada.

runawayhorses


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I've often thought about moving to Canada, if I did I would keep my US citizenship and have a Canadian one too.

I'd have to get used to the cold winters thou, that would be a difficult change for me..lol

But I love that country for a lot of reasons.

rosco 357


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hey Tyler i have it all figured out for u,Canada is out, unless u might want to visit PNG, lol, but see we are now getting more friendly with Cuba and that will grow, actually i have said for 10 years, we do business with china, and the best way to break the ice and improve relations is to trade with a country,as i heard on tv once and it stuck with me... so as i have said before, we put china on " most favored trade status list" and so walmart now is full .so if china why not Cuba. lol, but Cuba if handled correct could have been and may still become a vacation paradise, sooo, u need to go to cuba, its warm, and not that far from where u are now, and hey u get free healthcare, in cuba,. now u have read about how they keep those old 50s chevys running on homemade parts, SO i think u should go to Cuba, and because of the cars u need to take Meemoon with u, he would love to work on those old cars, they would fascinate him.. i bet u and moon could share an apartment for a little of nothing, or if times change open a hotel, i think moon has experience in that, then when u get things all nice and charming, u can invite us all down to cuba for a vacation in urs and moons hotel, but more things will need to change but its coming,heck i might even find a cuban wife, take care,

runawayhorses


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LOL very funny rosco, but I have no interest in Cuba one little bit. There are only two places I will ever live, the US and Canada.

Now, if you're into Cuban chicks that's your bag, I hope you find what you're looking for when you make the trip, but I prefer white girls from the US and Canada.. Very Happy

I can understand your fascination with girls of color, and how you might find them attractive, I mean, its not for me, but I can certainly understand that some people do..

rosco 357


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runawayhorses wrote:LOL very funny rosco, but I have no interest in Cuba one little bit. There are only two places I will ever live, the US and Canada.

Now, if you're into Cuban chicks that's your bag, I hope you find what you're looking for when you make the trip, but I prefer white girls from the US and Canada.. Very Happy

I can understand your fascination with girls of color, and how you might find them attractive, I mean, its not for me, but I can certainly understand that some people do..
well actually i just threw the wife thing in with out thought on color, ,, actually i had rather bring one of those russian girl doctors over for marriage, lol,, then retire,

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