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Home > Passport and Citizenship Issues of War Brides and their Children> Who is Joe Taylor ?

Click here for larger image. Joe Tayor as an infant with his father, Joseph and mother, Jenny.
Click here for larger image. Joe Taylor as an infant with his father, Joseph and mother, Jenny.
Joe Taylor is a Canadian citizen by birth
Click here to view larger image of Joe and his wife in British Columbia, Canada in 2004.
Click here for February 17, 2005 letter from Citizenship and Immigration.
Click here for February 17, 2005 letter from Citizenship and Immigration.
Click here to read page 1 of April 5, 2005 letter from Citizenship and Immigration. Click here for page 2.
Click here to read page 1 of April 5, 2005 letter from Citizenship and Immigration. Click here for page 2.
Click here to read July 22, 2005 letter from Citizenship and Immigration.
Click here to read July 22, 2005 letter from Citizenship and Immigration.
Joe's mother, Jenny Rose Taylor (nee Harvey).
Joe's mother, Jenny Rose Taylor (nee Harvey).
Joe's father, Joseph Herbert Taylor.
Joe's father, Joseph Herbert Taylor.
Joe Taylor as a baby.
Joe Taylor as a baby.

War Brides vs. Citizenship & Immigration Canada
Lost Canadians Feature CBC Radio
Click here to see CBC Lost Canadians Feature includes audio, video
Contact the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Diane Finley
Contact the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Diane Finley and tell her to make the Citizenship Act Charter compliant at email or write to her at The Honourable Diane Finley, P.C., M.P. Citizenship and Immigration Canada Ottawa, Ontario K1A 1L1
'Lost Canadian' hopes new bill will solve citizenship woes, Vancouver Sun, December 3, 2007.
'Lost Canadian' hopes new bill will fix dilemma, Draft legislation would help those affected by archaic citizenship laws
Richard Foot, The Ottawa Citizen, Monday, December 03, 2007
Count Chapman in with 'lost' Canadians, The Advertiser, Kentville, Nova Scotia, November 24, 2007.
Canadian-born man fights for citizenship, Daily Gleaner, Fredericton, NB, November 13, 2007.
Government has moral obligation to War Brides and children, Daily Gleaner, Fredericton, NB, November 13, 2007.
In Love in a Dangerous Time, Halifax Daily News, November 11, 2007.
Lest We Forget Stateless War Brides and their kids, Vancouver Sun, November 9, 2007.
War Brides' status 'iffy', Toronto Sun, November 6, 2007
Some war families not citizens: Court, The Province, Vancouver. November 4, 2007
War Brides' kids might not be Canadian, Halifax Daily Mail, November 3, 2007
Court ruling a blow to war brides, their offspring, Winnipeg Free Press, November 3 2007
Court ruling means children of war brides may not be Canadians, Victoria Times Colonist, November 3, 2007
Appeal judge rules son of D-Day vet not entitled to Canadian citizenship, The Record, Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, November 3, 2007.
Children of war brides could lose citizenship, National Post, November 2, 2007
'Lost Canadians' leads UN to cast Canada's laws in same light as Vietnam, Zimbabwe, Canadian Press, October 22, 2007
'Lost Canadians' left to await court ruling on citizenship, Vancouver Sun, Sept 19, 2007.
A Shameful Mess, Toronto Sun, September 19, 2007.
Canada is in Dubious Company, Edmonton Sun, September 15, 2007
Canadians who aren't, Vancouver Sun, September 15, 2007.
Canadian, Eh? Thousands of War-timers Might Not Be Citizens, Epoch Times, May 26, 2007
Osoyoos’ ‘lost Canadian’ says war brides & their children also need citizenship help, Osoyoos Times, May 24, 2007
"Make the Citizenship Act Charter compliant"says Peter Worthington in an article in today's Toronto Sun., January 24, 2007
Victoria Times Colonist, October 23, 2006
Globe and Mail, October 3, 2006
CBC Radio World Report, Sept. 30, 2006. Click here for audio clip.
Vancouver Sun, Sept. 16, 2006
Toronto Sun Sept. 8, 2 006
Toronto Sun, Sept. 3, 2006
Vancouver Sun, Sept. 2, 2006
CBC Radio, July 4, 2006
Vancouver Sun June 2, 2006
Federal Court decision, Sept. 1, 2006
Read the Globe and Mail May 31, 2006
Vancouver Sun May 31, 2006
Contact Joe Taylor by email
Show Your Support
Contact Prime Minister Harper and Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Diane Findlay by email or phone and urge them to provide Joe and the other 65,000 with irrevocable Certificates of Citizenship.

January 24, 2008 - Click here to see pictures from Joe Taylor's citizenship ceremony!

December 4, 2007 - It's official - Joe Taylor is a Canadian citizen! Taylor accepts Section 5.4 grant of citizenship on the condition that amendments to Canada's Citizenship Act will fix archaic rules that have shut out hundreds of thousands of "Lost Canadians" and War Bride children since 1947. Press release coming.

December 3, 2007 - Early Christmas present for Joe Taylor? Taylor confirms he has been offered citizenship by Citizenship and Immigration, but will changes to Citizenship Act stop him from going to Supreme Court? Find out more on December 5, 2007 when Committee on Citizenship and Immigration releases all committee report on Lost Canadians / War Brides.

December 3, 2007 - 'Lost Canadian' hopes new bill will fix dilemma, Draft legislation would help those affected by archaic citizenship laws, Richard Foot, The Ottawa Citizen.

November 29, 2007 - It ain't over 'til the fat lady sings. All party support for recommendations on Lost Canadians / War Brides at Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. Report due Wednesday, December 5, 2007.

November 9, 2007 - Lest We Forget War Brides and their kids, editorial in Vancouver Sun. Read more articles about Joe Taylor's case in the column at left.

November 2, 2007 - Supreme Court Here e Come!! Federal Court of Appeal rules today that Joe Taylor, the son of War Bride and her Canadian WWII veteran husband, is not a citizen. Let Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his gang of bullies try to explain that one to War Brides, their children and a disillusioned electorate on the eve of Remembrance Day! Do I hear some major damage control on the horizon? Click here to read the English 45 page Federal Court's decision in Microsoft Word [239 k] or PDF format [212 k] or the French version in Microsoft Word [210 k] or PDF format [212 k].

October 22, 2007 - UN Refugee Agency Report compares Canada's policy on War Brides and Lost Canadians to Vietnam and Zimbabwe. We're in great company!! Click here to read the Canadian Press story.

September 18-19, 2007 - Canadian gov't challenges War Bride citizenship in Vancouver courtroom. Canada's Immigration Dept. appeals Joe Taylor's 2006 BC Federal Court ruling granting citizenship to War Brides and children in spite of warning by Justice Martineau that the case has ramifications "beyond Joe Taylor."
> Read the official four page summary and / or full decision of Justice Martineau's Sept. 2006 decision on the Federal Court of Canada website.
> Click here to read Chapter 8, "War Bride Children" from Melynda Jarratt's new book War Brides: The stories of the women who left everything behind to follow the men they loved, which examines Joe Taylor's citizenship fight with the Canadian government and its implications for all Canadian War Brides and the children they brought with them to Canada at the end of WWII.
> Click here to read recent articles in the Toronto Sun, Vancouver Sun (Sept 15 and Sept 19) and the Edmonton Sun.

June 6, 2007 - 63 Years ago today Joe Taylor's father landed on the beaches of Normandy. Read the introduction to Chapter 8 "Children of War Brides" (PDF format) which includes the story of Joe Taylor from the new book "War Brides", by Melynda Jarratt, published by Tempus Publishing and available at Tempus and

May 29, 2007 - HOW MUCH MORE OF THIS PITIFUL TESTIMONY DO WE HAVE TO HEAR BEFORE PRIME MINISTER STEPHEN HARPER TELLS HIS MINISTER DIANE FINLEY TO DO SOMETHING? More War Bride children testify about being put through the Citizenship GRINDER at CIC. Suzanne Rouleau, Denise Tessier, Marion Galbraith are joined by other War Bride children relatives such as Trierre Merrit, whose aunt Elizabeth Towner had her citizenship stolen from her in 1968 because she made the big mistake of taking her nursing degree in England. Whatever you do, don't try to improve yourself, or you risk losing your birthright! Elizabeth's WWII veteran father tried for YEARS to get her citizenship back, to no avail. Click here to read the letters (page 1, page 2) she received in 1981 from the the Secretary of State. The first meeting will be held 11 am to 1 pm at La Promenade Building - 701 Sparks Street, Ottawa. Second meeting at Centre Block - 237-C at 3:30 pm with the Minister in attendance.

May 24, 2007 - Canadian, Eh? Thousands of War-timers Might Not Be Citizens, article in Epoch Times

March 26, 2007 - Parliamentary Hearings continue in Ottawa on Citizenship of War Brides and their children. Click here for information on how to listen to hearings LIVE on the internet.

March 24, 2007 - Are they, or aren't they Canadian citizens? Archival documents in support of War Brides citizenship from the Library and Archives of Canada's wartime Immigration Branch files. Click here to read this treasure trove of sixty year old correspondence that has come back to haunt the Immigration Department.

Feb 1 , 2007 - Wipe that smile off your face Diane Finley! The Minister of Immigration responds to BC Federal Court ruling that says Joe Taylor is a Canadian citizen. Says she'll take Joe Taylor to the Supreme Court if she has to! Brilliant move Diane! That's sure to endear your government to the one million Canadians who have a War Bride in their family tree! Click here to read the Minister's response and her implied threat to Joe Taylor!

"Update the current archaic Citizenship Act and bring it into compliance with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms" says MP Andrew Telegdi, former Chair of the Citizenship and Immigration Committee. Download a petition to send to the Prime Minister at MP Andrew Telegdi's website:

Jan 22, 2007 - Read original World War Two archival documents from the Immigration Branch files of the National Archives of Canada in support of Joe Taylor's claim to Canadian citizenship. Tell Diane Findlay, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration to stop wasting tax payer's dollars and give Joe Taylor his citizenship! Email

October 23, 2006 - Joe Taylor needs your help to win this battle against CIC. Click here to read about the fundraising effort to help Joe go all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada.

October 4, 2006 - Senator Romeo Dallaire, Hon. Andrew Telegdi and MP Bill Siksay hold press conference at Parliament Hill. Call Fed Gov't decision to appeal an OUTRAGE! Click for official press release.

Update, September 29, 2006 - As predicted, the Harper Gov't appeals BC Federal Court decision. Decision to appeal called "Stupid, Stupid, Stupid " and a "waste of taxpayers money" by Melynda Jarratt, war bride historian who provides a detailed list of correspondence from the files of the Canadian Wives Bureau circa 1940-48 which specifically deals with the citizenship of Canadian War Brides and children. Click here to view list of archival correspondence from the National Archives of Canada, researched by war bride historian Melynda Jarratt.

Update September 1, 2006 - HE WON! Joe Taylor is a Canadian Citizen! Read the official four page summary and / or full decision of Justice Martineau on the Federal Court of Canada website or download the 538 k Word document]

But it's not over yet... as sure as the sun rises in the morning and sets at night, we can expect CIC to challenge Justice Martineau's decision.
What a waste of the taxpayer's hard earned money!!!! Stop the Department now before they make another stupid mistake.

Now more than ever before
, we need you to Contact Prime Minister Harper and Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Diane Findlay by email or phone and urge them to provide Joe and the other 65,000 with irrevocable Certificates of Citizenship. Read Justice Martineau's decision now!!


It's hard to believe that strippers from Romania have more rights to Canadian citizenship than the children of Canadian War Brides but that's the sad truth - and the living proof can be found in Joe Taylor, the son of War Bride Jenny Rose Taylor.

Born in Newport, Isle of Wight, England, on December 8, 1944, Citizenship and Immigration Canada has Joe pegged as a "bastard" whose status as an "illegitimate" child prevents him from obtaining the Canadian citizenship he so rightly deserves. There is no sympathy, no negotiation: he's a "bastard" and that's the end of the story. In the year 2006, one would think that "illegitimate" and "bastard" didn't mean anything legally, but apparently they do to Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Joe's mother was a British War Bride and his father, a Canadian serviceman who was stationed overseas during the Second World War. The two young people met, fell in love and planned to marry, but then Joe's mother found out she was pregnant. With D-Day looming, Joe's father tried to get permission to marry, but his Commanding Officer refused - the rationale being she'd be one less widow to deal with after the Normandy Invasion. Against all odds, Joe's father survived and the couple married on May 5, 1945, when Joe was five months old. In July 1946, Joe and his mother came to Canada on the Queen Mary as part of the famed War Bride transportation but as fate would have it, the marriage didn't last: Joe and his mother returned to England and Joe grew up always knowing that he was a Canadian citizen...or so he thought.

Despite the ridiculous situation Joe has been put in, he refuses to give up. He lives half of the year in Canada, and - when Immigration regulations force him to leave Victoria, British Columbia, where he has a home - he moves back to England where he passes the time until he can come back to Canada. In his own words, here is Joe's story, as told to the Parliamentary Committee on Citizenship and Immigration in May, 2005.


I'd like to introduce myself. I'm the son of a Canadian serviceman who fought for this country in World War II and is buried in the Canadian Legion's Field of Honour in Port Alberni. Yet I'm experiencing great difficulty in establishing my Canadian citizenship. My mother was a British war bride--you heard about those earlier this morning--and I was born in England while my father was in Europe fighting to defeat the German armed forces. My mother and I came to Canada in 1946 to set up home with my father on Vancouver Island, and I became a Canadian at that time.

My father had experienced the severe horrors of war and had a changed personality, which resulted in the early breakdown of the marriage. I was taken back to England by my mother, and I have lived there for most of my life. We travelled back to England on a Canadian passport, which I still have. In fact, here it is. It's nearly 60 years old. My mother and I have never renounced our Canadian citizenship, and I am very proud of my birthright.

We lost touch with my father very early on, and circumstances dictated that I was not in a position to come to Canada to try to find him until the late 1990s. It was only in November 2000 that I was informed that my father had died in 1996 and that I had seven half-brothers and half-sisters, all of whom live on Vancouver Island, whom I had never known about.

We were informed in December 2002 by Canada House in London that I had lost my Canadian citizenship on my 24th birthday as I had not filed forms requesting the retention of my status. The Canadian Bill of Rights acts retrospectively to protect whatever rights I acquired when I came to Canada, and I acquired citizenship, which was acknowledged by the representatives at Canada House.

The principles of natural justice dictate that before rights are taken from Canadian citizens, notice of the potential loss, an opportunity to respond, and a fair adjudication should occur. Natural justice is simply another way of describing the principle of fairness. My father and mother and I were not notified of the requirement that I make an application to retain my Canadian citizenship, nor was I ble to respond to that potential loss. The process that was adopted seems most unfair, and I believe it came into force in 1952.

Canadian law relevant at the time I landed in Canada, July 1946, stated that the children of Canadian servicemen born while they were on active service abroad were to be deemed, when landing n Canada, as non-immigrant and have the same status as their father. In other words, I was supposed to be treated as if I was born in Canada--and I underline that--and therefore not subject to the 1952 regulations, which have been used to prevent me from being a Canadian and living in the country for which my father gave so much. These regulations were legislatively designed to affect children who were born abroad and not deemed to be born in Canada. The regulations should not be applied in circumstances such as mine.

I now have an application, which was lodged in November 2003 and is still awaiting processing at Sydney, Nova Scotia. Letters and e-mails to two previous citizenship and immigration ministers and some members of this committee have not even received replies. I would not be a burden to Canada as I will have my own pension income, which was earned by contributions paid over the years in England, and I currently own my homes in both countries.

But there are some important general issues arising from my personal situation. Canada seems to remove citizenship from its people more easily than most other countries, which gives the impression to the outside world that Canada treats its own people unfairly, contrary to the principles of natural justice.

Australia is currently drawing up legislation to unreservedly return citizenship to any of its former citizens who have at some stage lost this status.

In the year 2000, Trinidad and Tobago passed a similar law, which was very simple, and merely gave back citizenship to any former national who had lost their status. This legislation restored citizenship with effect from the date on which it had been lost. This amendment to their citizenship act was only half a page in length and demonstrates that it should not be too difficult to welcome your own children home.


Click here to read the question and answer period following Joe's testimony before the Parliamentary Committee on Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Read about other testimony on this issue.

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