Is this the kind of government we deserve here in Canada? A government that can simply revoke your passport because of….why exactly? Whether you agree with Paul Watson’s tactics or not, he is a Canadian like you and me. If the government can take away his passport for protesting against something, then the government can take your away as well, if you do something it doesn’t like . Or say something it doesn’t like. And you have nothing to say in your defense.
Having a passport is one of the greatest benefits of being a Canadian citizen. There may be reasons why the Canadian government needs to revoke a citizen’s passport.
Not sure this is one of them. Punishing political activism against another country? I guess the people supporting the BDS movement in Canada will be next.
When Canada took away Captain Paul Watson’s passport on behalf of Japan
Despite being a Canadian going back fourteen generations to 1587, She Shepherd captain and anti-whaling activist Paul Watson can no longer enter Canada because Stephen Harper took away his passport to placate Japanese whalers.
From Paul Watson’s Facebook page…
I don’t often take sides politically because for the most part political parties everywhere are pretty much all the same when it comes to environmental and conservation issues. Of course many of you will disagree but that’s my opinion from a biocentric perspective.
But in Canada’s case it is very personal.
I don’t have a Canadian passport.
Because Stephen Harper took it away from me.
Is it because I’m wanted for a crime in Canada or did I commit a crime in Canada?
There is no Canadian warrant for me in Canada.
Stephen Harper took away my Canadian passport because Japan asked him to take it away.
Because we opposed illegal Japanese whaling in the Southern Ocean, a whaling operation that has been condemned as illegal by the International Court of Justice.
Stephen Harper decided that supporting illegal Japanese whaling was more important than defending the rights of one of his own citizens.
Now, this would have caused me some very serious problems if not for one important consideration.
I hold two passports.
I am both a citizen of Canada, where I was born, as well as a naturalized American citizen.The United States allows me to keep my passport and to travel and live in the United States.
I can still travel because I have the benefit of U.S. citizenship.
But I can’t go to Canada – Independent Australia
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