Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Maybe he is listening?

How it works Jason Kenney. Calgary Herald. Calgary, Alta.: Jan 23, 2009. pg. A.21

Re: "Critics attack new citizenship rules," Jan. 16.

The law will simplify citizenship rules. It will also ensure future generations of Canadians have a real connection to this country and that citizenship is not passed down endlessly through generations living outside Canada.With few exceptions, the ability to acquire citizenship by descent will be limited to people born in the first generation outside Canada.

This limitation applies equally to Canadian children born outside Canada to a Canadian parent, and to children who are adopted abroad and become Canadian before they enter Canada. Children who are adopted abroad and who acquire citizenship after entering Canada will be treated the same as a child born here --any of their children born abroad would also be Canadian. But subsequent generations would not.

The article suggests the new rules could, in some rare cases, create stateless children if they don't obtain citizenship from either oftheir parents or from their country of birth. In such a case, the parent could sponsor the child for permanent residence and then immediately apply for the child's citizenship.The new law includes a statelessness provision that provides another option to gain Canadian citizenship. This provision fulfils Canada'sobligations under the UN Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.

Jason Kenney,Ottawa

Jason Kenney is Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism
Credit: Jason Kenney; Calgary Herald

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