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From: Mona Rainville <>
Subject: Re: [MONTREAL] Fw: A Canadian Hero
Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2007 23:44:02 -0400
By 1947, WW2 was over. Thank God.
But long before the Canadian legislature saw fit to establish Canadian
citizenship, it had organized itself militarily.
During WW2, the Canadian military was a reality. It was distinct from
the British military. And eventhough any Canadian born soldier was in
fact a British subject, this legal status was and is quite different
from what we normally understand by being British.
The fact that poor old Mr. Metcalf might have obtained his Canadian
citizenship after the war - or not - is neither here nor there. It does
not change the fact that, however brave he was, however heroic his
actions have been, during WW2 he was not a soldier in the Canadian
military. He is undoubtedly a War Veteran. But he is not a veteran of
the Canadian Army.
Surely a Canadian born man who has served in the Canadian army during
WW2 could have been found who was just as brave and deserving as this
British soldier, to represent his comrades on a piece of Canadian currency.
Oh! incidentally, the enactment of the Citizenship Act, in 1947 did not
do away with the status of British subjects we Canadians have enjoyed
since 1763. If you happen to have an old passport issued before 1977,
look it up. On page 1, in the bottom, it says" "Canadian citizens are
British subjects". Just thought you'd like to know.
Is all. Good night.
> Hi All,
> The Canadian Citizenship Act is an act of the Government of Canada, which came into effect January 1, 1947, recognizing the definition of a Canadian, including reference to them being British subjects.