Feeling angry and betrayed

Re: ‘Repeat criminal, deportee became Canadian citizen’, news, durhamregion.com, March 27, 2014.

I am utterly disgusted that a person with such an extensive criminal record could obtain Canadian citizenship. His convictions include assault, robbery, drug trafficking, and living off the avails of prostitution — and that was before he became a citizen. Now he has been convicted of aggravated assault, after a vicious knife attack that could have killed his victim.

When I arrived here in 1966, ‘New Canadians’ were expected to obey the law, be self-supporting and fit in. I was told that if I ended up in court or showed up at the welfare office, I would be deported.

I was expected to find employment, and they tried to persuade me to go and work as a lumberjack in Quebec before I even cleared the airport.

Now, immigrants can successfully apply for citizenship despite having an extensive criminal record.

I did everything expected of me to get here, and then followed the rules in order to achieve my citizenship. And now, that citizenship that I worked so hard for is freely available to criminals and layabouts?

I feel angry and betrayed.

Jeff Goodall, Oshawa.

Oshawa This Week, April 15th 2014 – see here.

This letter was published without any change…

See “Repeat criminal, deportee became Canadian citizen” here.

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