May 3, 1946 (20th Parliament, 2nd Session)

LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. MARTIN:

It does. The point arises in connection with section 28. It is to be noted that section 28 does not say that we recognize as a British subject a person bom in a country in the schedule, or a person resident in a country in the schedule. That would limit the status to a person from one of the scheduled countries. There is no such limitation. The status is recognized for anyone who gets that status under the laws of any of the scheduled countries. The United Kingdom is a scheduled country, and all colonials get the status of British subject by force of the United Kingdom law. Thus, the effect of section 28 is to recognize all British subjects, and not just a portion of them.

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