An entirely different kind of gesture

This new Citizenship Act specifies that any time spent in Canada before becoming a Permanent Resident can no longer be used to qualify for citizenship. Previously, two years could be counted as though it were one year of time as a Permanent Resident, so I was able to apply for citizenship a little bit early since I’d spent 3 years here as a student and 2 years here as a temporary worker. I thought it was a nice gesture for that time to be acknowledged.  But now, newcomers get an entirely different kind of gesture. At its base, this gesture gives the impression that this governing party just doesn’t like us.

‘They don’t care about our time here, or the value of our work in Canadian workplaces, our scholarship in Canadian universities, our relationships with Canadian friends, neighbours and family.

This isn’t about how well we know Canada. It’s about whether the ruling party respects us and believes we are worthy of equality. They don’t.

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