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I now have a Canadian Father

Over two years ago, I complained about the cruel and frustrating rejection of my dad’s Canadian citizenship. It has been a long process. It is deeply discouraging to see your parent frightened and stressed that he will be sent back to a country that hasn’t been his home for over 40 years, leaving behind children and grandchildren. The recent immigration discussion in the USA takes on a new meaning in the light of this experience. In our case, my dad was a Canadian citizen. Had been one since 1978. Voted in municipal, provincial, and federal elections for decades. Was employed his entire time in Canada. And then suddenly he received a letter telling him that his citizenship was cancelled. He had to turn in his passport. He couldn’t enter the US as part of his work – a bit of a challenge as he is a truck driver and most of his routes were south.

Still, Canada is a wonderful country. My dad calls it home. He loves it. He feels blessed. And today, he officially became a Canadian citizen. Version 2.0.

3 Comments

  1. Ramia wrote:

    Dear Mr.Siemens
    I am happy for your Canadian father ;)
    and having difficulties with dalmooc :(

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 6:49 pm | Permalink
  2. I am glad to see that! He must be relieved. What a bunch of red tape for him. -Peggy

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 3:49 pm | Permalink
  3. Sebastien wrote:

    Wonderful to hear the resolution, George. May he live a happy, healthy and peaceful life.

    Friday, December 12, 2014 at 2:41 pm | Permalink