Halton Hills and North Halton newspapers
Letters to the editor...Repatriated Canadians are Canadians
Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, ON), 25 Aug 2006, p. 6

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Dear editor, I must reply to Rein Pater's August 2 letter in which he implies that you have to live, work, and pay taxes in Canada in order to be considered a worthy Canadian citizen. I know a Canadian mining engineer who was sent to manage a mine in South America for a number of years and to suggest that makes him less of a Canadian in some way is ridiculous. Many companies who work internationally have representatives based in other lands who remain there for many years. The company I worked for in England, before I came to Canada, had established sales and service offices in Australia, South Africa and Canada and their employees were not considered to be somehow less than British. In a more extreme example, my father was born in England and went to India as a young civil engineer to supervise the construction of railway bridges over some of the major rivers. He later taught engineering in India and served as a fairly senior officer in the Indian army. He lived there for 25 years and was honoured by the British government for his service there. If anyone had questioned his loyalty to Britain they would have been held up to ridicule. As a final comment, I cannot accept the view that there are some "firstclass" Canadian citizens and that there are others who are somehow only "second-class". J. M. Graham-Smith, Georgetown

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Letters to the editor...Repatriated Canadians are Canadians