It's only a rumour at the moment, and the article states that little more than talks are taking place within Canada about the issue of dual citizenship. What startles me though is the xenophobic knee jerk reaction of most Canadians partaking in the ensuing debate.
They ask questions as to why would anyone want to have dual citizenship when Canada is such a great country?
See G&M article here.
The majority of the responses reinforce Canadian's closed-minded racism. "Joe the nobody who's never left the country doesn't understand why dual citizenship might be a good thing, why should other people have it?"
"Once in Canada, why would anyone want to leave?"
Personally, I hate passports and nationalities and even borders. The amount of time I've wasted jumping through bureaucratic hoops to obtain visitor's visas, not to mention the money, is a nightmare.
And if it's a pain for me, imagine my wife who's Moroccan. She needs a costly and time consuming visa to go almost anywhere in the world.
Yet she is Moroccan, and she would probably choose Moroccan nationality over Canadian nationality if she was forced to make a choice.
Why is this a problem for me?
I'm a travel writer who travels through Africa. If my wife obtains dual citizenship, I can continue in my career path because a Canadian passport actually gets me into other countries.
But if she doesn't get Canadian citizenship because she refuses to renounce her Moroccan identity, we'd likely get blocked at some point on the journey. Thus a small Canadian policy could either destroy my career, or cause strife in my marriage by having me unfairly push my wife to make an uncomfortable decision.
All this frustration based on a rumour. Something they are merely discussing and reviewing their policy of. Fortunately, there have been no changes yet, so there's nothing to be worried about. But to revoke people's dual citizenship is wrong.
It's a policy idea pushing us back to when Japanese Canadians were interned in prison camps. A xenophopbic idea to please a xenophobic group of closed-minded people.
"Why would anyone want to have dual citizenship?"
Because some people like to explore the world! Because some people like to live in new countries and seek diversity and culture. Dual citizenship opens that window for them. If obtaining documentaion to live a rich and diverse lifestyle is unCanadian, sorry Joe Muppet. There are other parts of the world than your big patch of land and its stamp of approval.