Actor Donald Sutherland has joined a group of long-term expats critical of the residency limits set by Canada’s voting laws.
Last week, the Ontario Court of Appeal overturned a ruling that had restored the right to vote of more than one million Canadians living abroad. The decision affects Canadians who have lived outside the country for more than five years.
“My name is Donald Sutherland. My wife’s name is Francine Racette. We are Canadians. We each hold one passport. A Canadian passport. That’s it… They ask me at the border why I don’t take American citizenship. I could still be Canadian, they say. You could have dual citizenship. But I say no, I’m not dual anything. I’m Canadian. There’s a maple leaf in my underwear somewhere.”
Should the right to vote be extended to those living outside the country for more than 5 years? What constitutes a Canadian?