Someone once told me that the United States doesn’t recognize dual citizenship between the US and Canada. That didn’t sound right to me. Guess what… it wasn’t. The United States most certainly recognizes dual citizenship between our two countries. You only run into problems if, when you became a citizen of Canada, you meant to renounce your US citizenship. For myself, I didn’t. In fact, becoming a Canadian citizen was a passive act for me. While I sat (or stood) doing whatever it was I was doing on my 24th birthday, I became a Canadian citizen.
I was born in the US – Greenwich, CT to be exact. I have often joked that having been born in Greenwich and raised in West Vancouver, BC, my snob pedigree is perfect. Both my parents are Canadian (born and raised in the Kootenays) so I was considered a Canadian citizen born abroad. Because I lived in Canada when I reached the age of 24, I became a full Canadian citizen.
When I applied for my Canadian passport, I needed a guarantor’s signature, and those of two references. For my US passport, I just needed my birth certificate (stamped with the seal of the issuing State) and picture ID. I used my Canadian passport. Which leads me to myth number two: The US won’t allow you to carry two passports.
BUZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. Thanks for playing.
The woman at the US Consulate in Vancouver told me that when arriving in the US, arrive as an American. When arriving in Canada, arrive as a Canadian. That’s two passports kiddies. Surprised me too.
Lastly, though it pains me to say it, these idiot Tea Partiers might actually have something with this smaller government thing. It took two and a half weeks for my Canadian passport to show up and about two hours to apply for it. My US passport took me less than 45 minutes to apply for and arrived a week and a day later. Of course, when it comes to government, if the US can figure out healthcare and education for its (our?) citizens I’d be willing to wait another ten days for my passport.
May 8, 2010 | Categories: Straight from The Bear's loud mouth (insane ramblings disguised as social commentary) | Tags: 2010, America, Baron S. Cameron, British Columbia, Canada, conspiracy, contrarian, dual citizenship, government, Greenwich, humor, humour, loud mouth, loudmouth bear, Obama, passports, sillyness, Tea Party, United States, vancouver, waste of resources, west vancouver, writing | Leave a comment
If George Bush was ever going to find out just how much the world doesn’t like him, I think today would be the day.
Nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize closed only two weeks after Obama took office and today he won. He also just sent an extra 21,000 troops to Afghanistan (as was pointed out by a Taliban spokesperson from an undisclosed location today). When a friend of mine sent me a text to tell me this morning, I thought it was some kind of joke I didn’t get. I’m still wondering if that may be the case.
Part of me thinks he won the award just because he isn’t George Bush. I mean, the world hates Americans, yes, but they really didn’t like that guy.
Alfred Nobel created the Peace Prize after reading an obviously premature copy of his obituary in a French newspaper. The obituary referred to him as a doctor of death for having stabilized nitroglycerine, thus creating TNT. This discovery which was supposed to make weapons so powerful no one would use them (sound familiar?) only made weapons so powerful that everyone used them and bodies began to pile up at rates never seen before. Oops.
The prize goes to “the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between the nations and the abolition or reduction of standing armies and the formation and spreading of peace congresses.”
Apparently Lech Walesa, the dockworker who led the Solidarity Movement in Poland and eventually freed the Poles from Soviet control had a real “WTF?” moment when he heard and added “Who? What? So fast?”
I think the best thing about today’s news is that it sets the precedent that we can just award the Stanley Cup to the Vancouver Canucks this year, because they want to play good hockey and just might if given the chance.
October 9, 2009 | Categories: Straight from The Bear's loud mouth (insane ramblings disguised as social commentary) | Tags: Baron S. Cameron, British Columbia, Canada, contrarian, loud mouth, loudmouth bear, Nobel, Obama, Peace Prize, vancouver, writing | 1 Comment