about Jackie Scott's fight with Citizenship and
Immigration Canada to be recognized as a Canadian Citizen.|
|Read about War Bride son Joe
Taylor's struggle with Citizenship and Immigration Canada to obtain his Canadian
|The children of War Brides who came with their
mothers to Canada and many War Brides themselves have experienced difficulties
in obtaining their citizenship status. |
for larger view. Melynda Jarratt gives Senator Romeo Dallaire English and Dutch
language copies of Voices
of the Left Behind. May 7, 2005, Ottawa, Ontario. |
is now late 2009 and much has happened since we first started to document the
ridiculous situation facing Canadian War Brides and their children, in particular,
who have been told by Citizenship and Immigration Canada that they are not citizens.
April 2009, Bill C-37, an Amendment to the Citizenship Act known as the "Lost
Canadian Bill" officially came into force. The adoption of Bill C-37 took
many years and persistent lobbying by Don Chapman, leader of the Lost Canadians
and a core group of supporters who never gave up despite many heartbreaking disappointments.
the Bill did welcome into the fold hundreds of thousands of "Lost Canadians",
it was not perfect, and its rough edges are now becoming plainly obvious to everyone
interested in citizenship and human rights legislation. Bill C-37 left behind
a small group of mainly War Bride children who are being denied citizenship because
of the date, circumstances and status of their birth. Those who are most affected
by this are those who were born out of wedlock.
to the 1947 Citizenship Act, foreign born children whose parents are not married
inherit the nationality of their mother, not their father. Even if their parents
married before coming to Canada, or after, it doesn't matter. Once an illegitimate
bastard, always an illegitimate bastard.
The laws on illegitimacy
were wiped off the books 32 years ago and no politicians would defend it today.
But here we are at the end of 2009 having to fight Citizenship and IMmigration
Canada to recognize the citizenship status of Canadian War Bride children whose
only "crime" was to be born out of wedlock during the Second World War.
about War Bride daughter Jackie Scott's continuing struggle with Citizenship and
Immigration Canada to have her Canadian citizenship recognized.
Bride son Joe Taylor's fight with Citizenship
and Immigration Canada to obtain his citizenship ended with him being granted
full citizenship in January 2008. Read his testimony
and that of others who appeared before the Parliamentary Committee on Citizenship
and Immigration in April and May, 2005.
one of many children of War Brides still encountering considerable bureaucratic
obstacles at CIC, despite personal contact with CIC officials since May. Request
sent to CIC officials to intervene in her case, which is urgent due to a medical
crisis. Lost Canadians
experiencing the same bureaucratic delays and intransigience from CIC and much
frustration abounds in both circles despite the "official" line from
Immigration that War Bride children are citizens.
30, 2005 - Melynda Jarratt hand delivers to CIC officials in Ottawa a
list of 14 children of War Brides who are experiencing considerable difficulty
obtaining their citizenship status.
June 24, 2005
- Citizenship and Immigration provides a three page document explaining how
to get your passport and citizenship paperwork.
10, 2005 Testimony
in Ottawa of Melynda Jarratt on Canadian War Brides before Committee on Citizenship
and Immigration in Ottawa. (This has been televised
and is available on Canada's Political Channel CPAC).
May 7, 2005 - Senator Romeo
Dallaire lends his support to the cause of the Canadian War Brides and their children.
Senator Dallaire is the child of a Canadian serviceman and a Dutch War Bride who
met and married overseas during World War Two. Dallaire came to Canada with his
mother as a six month-old baby on the Empire Brent, landing in Halifax on December
13, 1946. When Senator Dallaire was in his early 20s, he applied for a passport
to travel overseas with the military and was told he was not a Canadian citizen.
"I was mad about it thirty five years ago, so I can imagine how people feel
about it now!", Senator Dallaire told Melynda Jarratt.
5, 2005 Citzenship of War Brides and Children
FACT: Between 1942
and 1948, 43,454 War Brides and their 20,997 children were brought to Canada in
an immigrant wave paid for and sponsored by the Canadian government.
By Privy Council Order in Council 7318, September 21, 1944, these 43,454 War Brides
and their 20,997 children were given Canadian citizenship upon landing in Canada.
"2. Every dependent applying for admission to Canada
shall be permitted to enter Canada and upon such admission be deemed to have landed
within the meaning of the said Act ; and where the member of the Canadian Armed
Forces is eiether a Canadian citizen or has Canadian domicile, the dependent shall,
upon being landed, be demmed to have acquired the same status for the purposes
of the said Act."
FACT: It has come
to light in the last few years that all across Canada, War Brides and the children
they brought with them on the War Bride ships are being told when they apply for
passports that they are not Canadian citizens and consequently, they have to apply
for their Citizenship. Some have been refused or have given up on the bureacruatic
red tape associated with the search for supporting documentation of their arrival
in Canada.For many War Brides, this realization occurred the first time they applied
for a passport in the 1940s, 50s, 60s, 70s, and even the 80s and 90s. They just
"dealt with it" over the years and in little towns, villages and cities
from Cape Breton to British Columbia they filled out the necessary paperwork,
paid their fees and got on with their lives - after all, they had a family to
raise! It would not be an exaggeration to say that thousands of War Brides have
had to go through this process over the years, quietly gaining their citizenship
- even though they weren't very happy to discover that they weren't citizens when
they had been specifically told that they were upon arrival in 1946!
During the month of
April, 2005, a travelling Parliamentary Committee on Citizenship and Immigration
heard testimony from four persons on the specific issue of War Brides and Citizenship:
two in Victoria, one in Vancouver, and another in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
Eswyn Lyster, a War Bride and writer from Qualicum Beach and Joe Taylor,
the son of an English War Bride spoke in Victoria, British Columbia. Sheila Walshe,
the daughter of an English War Bride, spoke in Vancouver, and Melynda Jarratt
of www.CanadianWarBrides.com spoke in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
April 29, 2005, Stuart Martin, the son of a War Bride, will speak in Halifax,
Nova Scotia, making a total of five presentations to the Committee on the specific
subject of War Brides and Citizenship. (The Committee also heard testimony on
April 9 in Victoria, BC, about the Lost Canadians, a very similar issue. Speaking
about the Lost Canadians were Bobby Brown and Don Chapman.)
Jarratt's oral presentation in Fredericton on April 21 was picked up by the Canadian
Press and since then, the story has been in the media all across the country.
Since giving her testimony, Melynda has appeared on Global Television
(April 21, 2005), CBC Radio's As It Happens (April 25, 2005),
Calgary's The Rutherford Show on CHQR FM (April 25, 2005), and
CBC's The National on April 27, 2005, in addition to numerous
Melynda has heard from dozens of children of War Brides, as well as
some War Brides themselves, who can attest that what all the presenters are saying
is undeniably true - no matter what Citizenship and Immigration would like us
to believe, the children of War Brides and War Brides who apply for passports
are being told that they are not citizens.
As a result, a number of
these War Bride children are getting together to galvanize support around the
issue of their citizenship. Like their War Bride mothers, these children have
voted in elections, paid taxes, worked, some are even collecting Old Age Pensions!
Several whom we know of have even served in the Canadian Armed Forces - but when
it comes to getting a passport, they are told they are not citizens!
What can you do? Please write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
and I will put your story up on this website as a means of publicizing the ridiculous
situation these people are now facing. On the eve of the 60th anniversary of the
end of World War Two, it is high time that the Canadian government got this administrative
error straighteed out, wouldn't you say?
you can do RIGHT NOW!
Phone MP Andrew Telegdi,
Chair of the Commons Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. http://www.telegdi.org/coordnts.htm
Phone and Write Helena Guergis http://www.helenaguergis.com/
Phone and write your MP
Phone and write the Senator
who represents your area
Phone and write the Prime