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I may be Canadian.

According to a Canadian law that went into affect yesterday, I may now be a Canadian citizen (or have eligibility to become one).

The law is a little fuzzy as to how it applies to second generation people born abroad (one bullet point says you are eligible if born after 1977, another says you're not), but long story short, from 1948-1977, natural born Canadian citizens who took on citizenship of other countries had to relinquish their Canadian citizenship. Both of my grandfathers (one still living, one deceased) were born in Canada and became U.S. citizens in the 50's. This means that both of my parents became Canadian yesterday (first generation children born abroad are automatically eligible).

When it gets to me, it gets a bit fuzzy. One bit said that I am eligible since I was born after 1977 but am not yet 28, but I must apply for a certificate and my parents may need to officially register first. Another bit said I'm not eligible because I was born after 1977. Go figure. Some special exceptions may also apply to me because my paternal grandfather was a Mennonite, and there were some specifically funky things that happened to Canadian Mennonites who emmigrated.

I'll have to send in a form, though, because I would love to be a Canadian citizen. The funny thing is that the Canadian national anthem has always been one of my favorites, and I know all the words and sing it at all of the hockey games to counteract all of the douches who boo it (seriously, if one of your star players grew up in a town called Moose Factory, you should probably not boo "Oh, Canada"). It could be my anthem soon!

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whoopseedaisy
Apr. 19th, 2009 04:35 am (UTC)
Canadians rule.

I am impressed that you know the words. I know yours, too.
zwee
Apr. 22nd, 2009 01:20 am (UTC)
yes, you should fill out the paperwork. worst case, you get rejected. Best case: dual citizenship, baybay!

*Hands you your 'So Now You're Canadian' survival kit, consisting of:
-tin of Québec maple syrup, smoked meat and tourière
-tub of Winnipeg Cream Cheese and book titled 'How to Portage for Fun and Profit'
-crate of Nova Scotia Smoked Salmon
-crate of Pacific Smoked Salmon (so they can duke it out on your taste buds!)
-side of Grade A Alberta Beef and a large vat of Alberta rape seed oil (aka Canola oil)
-container of Northwest Territories' raw caribou meat (called 'tuktu', a naturally spicy delicacy)
-every episode of 'Little Mosque on the Prairie' (set in Saskatchewan) on DVD
-A copy of every Anne of Green Gables story ever written, and a sac of PEI potatoes
-a bottle of Newfoundland 'Screech' and a book of 'Newfie' jokes
-copies of cds from the following artists: The Tragically Hip, Northern Pikes, 54-40, Spirit of the West, Captain Tractor, Arrogant Worms, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, The Guess Who, Loverboy, Chilliwack, 'Stompin' Tom Connor, Roch Voisine, The Headstones, La Bottine Souriante, Félix Leclerc, Tudjaat.
-copies of misc. Canuckian poets and authors, both fiction and non-fiction
-copy of the NHL's most current rules (as of today's date)
-guide on how to use 'u' in a word such as 'honour' and 'colour'
-a 'Canadian beer of the month' club membership

By accepting your kit you also accept and agree to:
1)be tested on your knowledge of Canadian geography
2)start referring to measurements in metric, temperatures in Celcius and talking to people about travel distances in terms of 'time' or 'clicks'. E.g.: 'Edmonton is 3 hours away from Calgary', 'Burnaby is about 15 clicks away from Vancouver'.
3) to learn at least 20 'regional' jokes from across Canada, not including 'Newfie' jokes. Extra credit given to jokes that reference more than one city in the telling.
4)to pipe up, whenever a celebrity's name is mentioned, that said celebrity is Canadian and where they were born, as may be applicable
5)failure to perform as indicated in 4) will result in automatic forfeiture of your passport*

Oh, and don't laugh. There's a place in Canada called Moose Jaw. What is it with people's fondness for Moose??



Edited at 2009-04-22 01:21 am (UTC)
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