Friday, April 1, 2016

Canada: Pick and choose what parts of Canadian citizenship you want.

(Ottawa)  There's a growing trend inside Canada of people who have immigrated there and then when applying for Canadian citizenship have objected to certain parts of the oath.
Which brings me to Lorraine Harrilal –Minutes after being sworn in she broke away from her group to carry out her first act as a Canadian citizen, handing a letter to the officiating judge that recanted 25 of the 43 words she had just recited. Her issue was not with the part of the oath that swears to obey the laws of Canada or fulfil her duties as a citizen. Rather she was disavowing the promise to “be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Canada, Her Heirs and Successors”. In her letter, she explained why. “I regard it as an unnecessary allegiance to an institution that is the antithesis of democracy, while emblematic of hereditary, parasitic oligarchy.” Similar scenes have played out across the country in recent months, as a small but determined group of naturalised Canadians rebel against the oath to the Queen required of all new Canadian citizens.
Jeez , can you imagine these people going to live in the wonderful paradise of Iran and then asking that they object to  the parts about allah. It seems that a large number of the current batch of immigrants (the world over) feel that they can dictate to their new countries how it is going to be. if Mizz Harrilal doesn't like certain aspects of becoming a Canadian, why the hell is she bothering living there.