loopa wrote:Is there anyone that doesn't technically qualify for dual citizenship unless you're native Canadian? This is epic lol.
Yes, lots are, including me. I'm not an English Canadian or a European Canadian, I'm simply and only a Canadian. My family has been here long before Confederation on both side.
That's not to say I begrudge someone immigrating here because I don't. What does bother me is, using your example, someone immigrating here becoming a citizen then becoming an expat. Now you're not paying taxes or contributing to canada, but I bet if you got sick you'd run right back for free health care or when you retire move back and collect a pension. Which all other Canadians have paid into for a life time but you haven't , is that fair to those Canadians? No, you're simply using Canada to your advantage. Canadians that have lived there entire lives and helped build this nation have a right to be protected from being used like that and if the price of that protection is that new Canadians have to walk a slippery slope and prove their commitment to this nation then I say good. That's a small price to pay for us allowing you to be here and that only lasts one generation as your children that are born here won't have that problem.
I agree 100% as well. I don't think the argument is valid though when you compare person A) who was born here, and person B) who wasn't when you consider this example though.
The UK born, Canadian accumulates 10, 000 hours with Canadian Operators, pays his share of EI/CPP/Federal Tax etc, then bugs off for a few years as an Expat. Devil's advocate will say - Why is it that he should be stripped of his Canadian citizenship (and as a result canadian ATPL), when you're a Canadian born and can do the exact same thing? You will be able to bypass the taxation system for a few years, and run home when you're fat/dumb/happy and still take advantage of the health care you didn't pay for during your tenure out of borders.
You both paid your dues in Canada, ventured off to an expatriate lifestyle that suited you and are looking to return. The canadian born gets to come home, but the UK born doesn't. Makes a whole lot of sense.
I am completely in favour of this law for people who just come to Canada to take advantage of the system and bug off with a complementary Canadian Citizenship; without paying their dues. But when you're comparing two people who venture on the same path, both paying their dues in the country prior to departure, there's no doubt that there is now a second class of citizen evolved with how the UK born will be treated.
So then what, the UK born loses his citizenship, associated licenses, and is no longer able to fly for a living cause he has no licenses to convert to his JAA body in the UK? All for living the exact same expatriate lifestyle as the Canadian born did?