Canadian gov’t to strip political dissenters of citizenship?

This idea that the government should be able to strip naturalized Canadians of their citizenship is nothing new; it first came up perhaps twenty years ago, and I wrote about the issue in Canada Free Press almost eight years ago.

While I am definitely not a terrorist or likely to involve myself in violent activities for any reason, I’m wondering just how long it will be before the scope of such legislation, if passed, will slowly be ‘expanded’ to include anyone the government doesn’t like, or whom the forces of ‘political correctness’ i.e. special interest groups, human rights zealots, B’nai Brith and the Anti-Defamation League, wish to pursue.

And while I think it legitimate to differentiate between genuine immigrants and ‘citizens of convenience’, I think successive Canadian governments over the years are responsible for the astonishing profusion of the latter;  thus, there is little point in trying to differentiate; either you were born in Canada and are ‘safe’, no matter what your background or possible tendencies towards “Jihad”, or you weren’t born here. And I wasn’t.

I am particularly concerned because I now have my blog/website <www.jeff-goodall.com> in which I go after those whom I feel deserve it, without any regard for where the chips may fall.

Will legislation of this nature be used to silence people like myself? And what will happen if I show up at the U.S. side of the border claiming refugee status and the benefits of the First Amendment, which confers rights of free speech which have been seriously compromised and even neutralized in both Britain and Canada?

The first paragraph of “The onslaught of tyranny” read as follows:

I took out Canadian citizenship in 1995, not quite 30 years after arriving here. As a British subject I had enjoyed full franchise, but over the years, first my federal, and then my provincial and municipal voting rights, had been removed. However, that was not the reason for my belated decision to become a citizen. I was motivated by a fear of the increasing political intolerance in Canada, and the vicious attacks against free speech and freedom of conscience being waged by seemingly untouchable “human rights commissions” and the forces of “political correctness”. I wanted protection against deportation, in the event that my instincts for freedom and natural justice should put me on a collision course with the government.”

The final part of my article read as follows: “Getting back to my reasons for becoming a citizen, I was quite surprised to read recently that consideration is still being given to a proposal to allow naturalized Canadians to be stripped of their citizenship by the Prime Minister and his Cabinet, without any recourse to the courts being allowed.

Dear God, what kind of a country are we living in?”

There’s plenty more in the full article, and a link to it is provided below. You may find it interesting.

Eight years have passed between my article being published, and Bryn Weese’s column below, and I have to say again: “Dear God, what kind of a country are we living in?”

With Prime Minister Stephen Harper grovelling to the Israelis and backing them wholeheartedly in the international arena, and with Israel’s willingness to regard ‘breathing while Palestinian’ as proof positive of terrorist intentions, how long is it before people like myself, who regard Israel as a nuclear-armed menace to the entire world, get classed as “terrorists” also?

Something to think about.

Jeff Goodall.

Some Tories want traitors tried for high treason

Bryn Weese: May 31st, 2011

OTTAWA – The Conservative Party will debate later this month whether to automatically strip violent traitors of their citizenship and try them for high treason.

Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney’s Calgary Southeast riding association tabled the resolution. It will be up for debate at the party’s national convention here on the weekend of June 10.

The resolution wouldn’t be binding on the Conservative government even if it passes, but the 80 policy resolutions on the convention’s agenda do offer a glimpse into the mindset of some of the party’s members.

The treason resolution reads: “The Conservative Party of Canada believes that any Canadian citizen – who commits treason by taking up arms against the Canadian Forces or the Forces of Canada’s Allies automatically invalidates his or her Canadian citizenship or claim to Canadian citizenship and, if and when returned to the jurisdiction of the Canadian Legal System, should be tried for high treason under the Canadian Criminal Code.”

While the resolution doesn’t name Omar Khadr, some have dubbed it the “Khadr resolution.”

Khadr, a Canadian citizen, pleaded guilty to throwing a grenade that killed a U.S. Special Forces soldier in a July 2002 firefight in Afghanistan. Khadr was 15 at the time. He also admitted he planted explosives for al-Qaida. In exchange for his guilty plea, he received an eight-year sentence. This fall, after serving one year at a prison at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Khadr will be eligible to apply to serve out the rest of his sentence in Canada.

As part of the plea deal, the U.S. government agreed to support his transfer request.

Alex Neve, the secretary general for Amnesty International Canada, says the resolution reeks of the party’s unwillingness to recognize the human rights concerns in Khadr’s case.

He says the resolution seems designed to target Khadr.

“I’m quite confident that something of this sort would never see the light of day in terms of lawmaking. It just has too many obvious shortcomings and flaws. It violates the Charter of Rights, it violates international human rights standards, it’s unworkable and impractical,” he said.

“But even though I’m not concerned about this suddenly becoming a bill in the House of Commons this fall, I think it is an unfortunate indication of the sentiment that many within the Conservative Party hold with respect to this case.”

Fred DeLorey, the Conservative Party’s director of communications, said the party doesn’t comment on resolutions before they are debated at the convention.

Since 1977, the Canadian government has revoked the citizenship of 66 people, and officials hinted Tuesday the process can be a long one. Celyeste Young, a spokeswoman for Kenney, said the minister’s office won’t comment on the resolution, but added, “citizenship revocation is an important tool used to protect our country and Canadians, it protects the value of Canadian citizenship and ensures the integrity of our citizenship process.”

See original here.

Read “The onslaught of tyranny” here.

See “RCMP wants to tighten the screws on political dissenters?” here.

See my “Free Speech & Hate” category here:

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