Can a person hold triple citizenship in Canada?
“Yes – it’s legal for Canadians to hold other citizenships in general. It’s not restricted to just one or two but you may be limited by the restrictions of the other countries involved.”
Stéphanie Plante from the University of Ottawa’s Centre for Research on Citizenship and Minorities explains how this makes sense for Canada:
“It’s kind of this idea that your patriotism is determined by where you were born,” she said. “I like to think that as Canadians, we’re really past that.”
The government of Australia doesn’t think so. Between 2018-2019, fifteen Australian MPs and senators were removed from office for violating a constitutional rule prohibiting federal political candidates from holding dual citizenship.
Would this policy not be an astute move for Canada? Dual citizenship has become commonplace among Canadian MP’s. Some of the most powerful members of Justin Trudeau’s Cabinet hold this distinction.
Several among them have been highly controversial. Ex-Liberal Cabinet member Maryam Monsef is one of them. Born Maryam Monsefzadeh, this Liberal MP fell from grace after referring to the Taliban as her “brothers.” Born an Afghan citizen, PM Trudeau appointed Monsef to four different ministerial positions before she was defeated. Ms. Monsef was a 31-year old first time MP when she received her first Cabinet position.
Current Minister of Families, Children and Multiculturalism, MP Ahmed Hussen, is a dual Somali-Canadian citizen. As Minister of Immigration, Hussen’s department granted citizenship to convicted terrorist Zakaria Amara, serving a life sentence for his role in a mass murder plot in Canada. Under the Conservative government of Stephen Harper, Jordanian-born Amara was sent a letter informing him he was to be stripped of citizenship.
In 2017, the Trudeau government reversed the decision. Mr. Hussen once claimed(scrubbed from media) that if PM Trudeau lost an election, he would return to Somalia to push refugees to Canada from there.
Current Liberal Cabinet member MP Omar Alghabra is a dual Syrian-Canadian citizen. Former President of the Canadian Arab Federation, Mr. Alghabra won a fourth consecutive term in the GTA before Trudeau appointed him to the Liberal Cabinet in 2021.
CBC News has confirmed at least 22 Members of Parliament currently hold citizenships from other countries. he figure does not include MPs and senators who hold citizenship through descent, naturalization or marriage.
Canadian MPs hold citizenship from various countries, including Afghanistan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Syria, USA, U.K, and Poland. Liberal MP Salma Zahid, who holds Canadian, U.K. and Pakistani citizenships, says she does not judge other country’s rules around who is qualified to serve. CAP can see why.
In 2017, 56 foreign-born members, 22 with dual or triple citizenship, hold seats in House of Commons and Senate.
A reasonable state-of-affairs within government? According to immigration lawyer Matthew Jeffery, there is nothing to stop a Canadian MP from holding three citizenships. Canadian law allows a citizen of our country to hold two or more citizenships. A person does not have to give up their original citizenship in order to become Canadian.
No separate distinction exists for politicians. Then we have media’s presentation on the topic. Simply put, nothing has been presented. Considering a topic mainstream media perpetually shy away from– the future of Canada— an interesting scenario comes to light.
Parliament can forever continue to become populated with dual citizens. Twenty-two in 2019. Forty-two in 2028. How about in fifty years time, 50% of Parliament– including a triple citizenship prime minister? All of it advancing the erosion of nationalism. How pleasing it must be for Justin Trudeau and his World Economic Forum posse.
His Liberal government kicked the phenomenon into high gear. It was Trudeau who tasked dual Pakistani-Canadian MP Iqra Khalid with the creation of “Islamophobia” initiative M103.
CAP attempt to deliver a bottom-line: Dual citizenship has changed the nature of Canadian politics. It’s legality has helped to transition our nation into a mini-replica of the United Nations. The result is an unprecedented “internationalization” of our country to the degree where non-Canadian political issues have taken precedence over domestic needs.
How more direct can CAP comment on this phenomenon than to say it should cease to exist? If you want to be a federal MP, you must fully dedicate yourself to our country. As opposed to, in the case of Liberal MP Ahmed Hussen, maintaining a fall-back citizenship in case things don’t work out the way you want them to.
All of this being so typically woke Canadian. Now for the bad news: it won’t change. Certainly not with Team Trudeau in control of the destiny of our nation.
In May, 2018, the government of Australia ousted five members of Parliament because of dual citizenship status. In 2017, ten MPs and senators were removed from office for violating a constitutional rule that prohibits federal political candidates from being dual nationals.
Try this in Canada. “Racism at its most extreme” bellows legacy media and multicultural organizations funded by Canadian taxpayers. The sad fact is, the head count for dual citizenship politicians in our country is headed upward with no limit to how high it flies.
If this is “progressivism” in Canada, CAP will take traditionalism every time.