April 9, 1946 (20th Parliament, 2nd Session)

PC

Alan Cockeram

Progressive Conservative

Mr. COCKERAM:

I do not know. I
think so. I am going to make a suggestion. If the purpose of this bill is nationalization and not naturalization of people who are already British subjects, and the minister intends to force this section through, I suggest to him that he make it possible in the bill now before this house for British subjects, after one year's residence in Canada, to apply to the clerk of the naturalization court and thereby take the oath of allegiance to Canada, an allegiance already possessed with the exception of the formality of declaration. This will, I believe, clarify the point that a citizen can be a Canadian and a British subject at one and the same time.
I believe that this can be made a great bill. The strength of Canada is in the unity of its people, and I believe that we should

Canadian Citizenship
be frank with one another, that we should get together and have an act which can be accepted by a majority of the people.

Topic:   CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP
Subtopic:   NATIONALITY, NATUKALIZATION AND STATUS OF ALIENS
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