Lost Canadians cautious about Citizenship Minister Jason Kenney's promise to correct legislation
Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has finally made an apology over the government's mismanagement of the Lost Canadians -- legitimate Canadians who have been denied citizenship due to outdated and discriminatory laws. But Lost Canadians advocate Don Chapman is baffled why Kenney channeled that apology through Huffington Post Canada, rather than to the Lost Canadians themselves.
“He should be contacting me,” Chapman said in a baffled tone. “If there's anyone he should be talking to, it should be me, and it should be The Vancouver Observer.”
Since 2010, The Vancouver Observer has published over 50 articles on the Lost Canadians issue.
In the Huffington Post article, Kenney sat with editors for two hours responding to questions about citizenship and immigration. The article states that Kenney said “revealed that the government is planning to close the last remaining loopholes for so-called "Lost Canadians" and quoted his statements on the issue."
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"We're looking for a legislative solution to that particular problem and hope to come forward with that later this year," Kenney said. "It's very sad. And it wasn't malice on the part of the government or anyone, it was just unforeseen consequences of legislation."
Kenney described the situation as "bizarre" and apologized that the government failed to get it right on their first attempt. He said forthcoming legislation will ensure remaining Lost Canadians get their citizenship.
Closing the loophole for Lost Canadians
Lost Canadians advocates, however, showed more caution than elation over Kenney's unexpected statements.
“It makes me very nervous when he uses the word 'loophole,'" Jackie Scott, a prominent Lost Canadian and daughter of Canadian war veteran, said on the phone.
“If you think in a positive vein, it means the government will rectify the problem. But if they were going to fix this -- you'd think they would have done it already.”