Canadians love to feel superior about their healthcare, but the truth is the system is broken. I'm not slagging the people who work in it - several of my immediate family are health care practitioners of some kind. But the statement that "urgent care never have a long wait" is utterly false. Of course critical
care is different. But for someone in constant pain, waiting for months and months to see a specialist, have knee surgery, etc etc is not a system to be proud of. It's only going to get worse as the age pyramid continues to invert, it's just simple demographics. Most people consume the vast majority of the health care dollars in the last few years of their lives. So the advancing age of the population is basically an economic timebomb.
If this seems off-topic, given that a major reason for many "passports of convenience" is to gain access to socialized healthcare, I would argue it's highly relevant.
The key is to remember that citizenship and residency are not the same thing. I do not pay taxes in Canada, for the simple reason that I do not live in Canada, nor consume any services that I do not pay directly for (i.e. passport renewal). And the odd time I require health care - or any government service - when visiting, I pay for it out of pocket. (Well, my employer does after I claim it back). I am no "burden" on the system, in fact if anything the "system" makes more off of non-residents, since any medical treatment is billed far higher than the doc can bill the province for a resident. bmc's account of things is spot on.
As far as this bill, the concept of "intent" will be a legal minefield. You can sincerely "intend" to live and work your whole life in one country and still find yourself desperate and having to look beyond the borders. I should know. I would have loved to have stayed and worked in Canada, but the shitty industry there kept laying me off, and quite frankly leaving Canada was the best thing I ever did from a professional and economic perspective. The longest I've ever held a flying job was outside Canada, the longest I've ever lived in one city as an adult was outside of Canada. If Canada can't/won't provide for their own, it can hardly be a surprise when expats aren't rushing to pay taxes into a system they don't even use. (And less of a surprise when they just plain...leave.) I'm still proud to say I'm Canadian, but I'm under no illusions anymore of just how much bs we feed ourselves about how great it is. Let's just say the maple leafs have quietly been removed from the flight bag over the years.
Some of the comments here are pretty myopic and shortsighted.
If it means that much to you renounce your citizenship from your original country and turn that passport in, I mean you obviously moved to Canada because you believed you'd have a better life here so why the need to keep your old one. By keeping both now you have an advantage over a born Canadian in so far as you can easily go back to Europe and get a flying job ( something I'm not able to do as a Canadian only passport holder).
What a uninformed comment. How does someone leaving Canada to go to Europe to take a flying job disadvantage you? If anything, they've just reduced the competition in Canada for jobs by one, and opened up a job for you. Sounds more like jealousy to me, that you don't have the options they do with two passports. But guess what, life isn't fair. You have more options, being born in Canada, with your single passport, than most people on the rest of the planet.
It's a global village now, and everyone is competing with everyone else. Better get used to it. Instead of whining about how unfair it is, why not direct the energies to making oneself more competitive? Instead of trying to take some European's passport, why not marry some hot European chick, get your own second passport, put the time into getting a JAA license, and go look for a job yourself in Europe (or wherever on the planet you desire).
Oh wait. That would be a lot of hard work. You might have to like, move or something.
I don't think under those circumstances you are threatened by the loss of your passport. It's about whether you flat-out lied at the time when you said you wanted to live in Canada. Not about what happens afterwards.
Well, actually the linked article says that the main stated reason for citizenship revocation beyond fraud when applying, would be for people convicted of serious crimes such as fighting in a foreign military against Canada, treason, or terrorism. Hardly trivial things, and if proved legally, what exactly is the argument for allowing such fine "citizens" to retain their Canadian passports?
I’m still waiting for my white male privilege membership card. Must have gotten lost in the mail.