Thursday, March 8, 2001
Windsor Star, page A7
I was deeply perturbed by your March 3, 2001 article, Ex-Nazi Guard Found To Have Lied About Past, proclaiming that a 76-year-old Canadian citizen (let's get serious - he has never been a Nazi, since all Slavs were considered by Germans to be "untermenschen", meaning subhumans; but he is a Canadian for more than 50 years now) is facing deportation.
Merely because, according to the federal trial court Judge Andrew MacKay's 103-page decision, he might have "knowingly concealed material circumstances", namely, that he has not "participated in killing and harming prisoners", allegedly perpetrated by units in which his membership "was not voluntary."
I cannot help wondering what kind of punishment the Canadian-born citizens would be subjected to, were they accused of identical "crimes ?"
Furthermore, I am wondering what should the aboriginal Canadians, whose immigration laws were somewhat lax at the time of their discovery of Columbus, do to all the descendants of settlers of Canada, who also might have entered their land under false pretenses?
Perhaps the Canadian citizenship rightfully belongs only to those mortals who have never ever lied in their entire lives, eh?
Or, maybe there are two kinds of citizenships - one genuine one, and the other phoney?
In short, does Canadian citizenship have any meaning at all?