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When most of us grew up, Canadian law aligned with Canadian values -- birth on Canadian soil or birth to Canadian parents granted citizenship. But in 2009, Bill C-37 came into force with a provision that limits citizenship by descent to the first generation born abroad. For Canadians abroad, this means that their contributions to Canada and the world may come at the expense of their children’s or grandchildren’s citizenship.  

Even now, many Canadians abroad are surprised to learn of this law, some discovering the problem as their children are denied citizenship. However, Canadians like you are coming forward to ask for change.

After meeting with Minister McCallum’s staff, other Parliamentarians, and several other organizations (e.g. The Canadian Centre on Statelessness; The Canadian Council for Refugees), we are hopeful that change is on the horizon.  

The first opportunity for change we see is in Bill C-6, which addresses several other citizenship issues, and could serve as a vehicle to change the law. Bill C-6 is moving through the House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration now, and we have submitted a brief, which we welcome you to read here:

http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/HOC/Committee/421/CIMM/Brief/BR8221904/br-external/CanadianExpatAssociation-e.pdf

As a Canadian returning to Canada after several years living in the United States, I’m encouraged to see how individual stories resonate with MPs and Senators as this issue moves forward.

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Editor’s Note:

The Canadian Expat is very pleased to be working with Randall Emery - we will be providing more information as this issue continues to be debated and we will continue to seek your input as we meet with federal decision makers.

About Randall Emery:

Randall Emery is Canadian citizen, born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. He returned to Canada in 2015 after several years in the United States, where he co-founded and led an organization dedicated to promoting nuclear family unity for U.S. citizens in U.S. immigration law. Randall lives in Ottawa with his wife and three children, and is a Master’s student in the Clayton H. Riddell Graduate Program in Political Management at Carleton University.

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