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Apply for Canadian Citizenship and be Represented

Apply for Canadian Citizenship and be RepresentedIn parts of the world where representative governments have been in place for a considerable amount of time, the luxury and functionality of such representation is often taken for granted. People may feel especially entitled to having their voices and opinions heard and understood by elected or appointed officials, and may become angry or even hostile when they feel that their representatives have failed to accurately portray the wills and the opinions of the people. Of course, in some parts of the world, this representation does not exist at all, either because corrupt or questionable practices are used behind the curtain displayed for the public, or because it is rejected outright. Canada has been a strong attraction to many people originally from countries that lack true representation, and its system of government and administration serves to keep people engaged with the very rules and ideas with which they operate on a daily basis.

There is one group that can make a legitimate claim of being poorly represented in Canadian government: immigrants. While immigration may be talked about frequently in debates and other policy discussions, an accurate representation of the people who venture to Canada from other countries in search or work or other life necessities is lacking –and many people are content to keep it this way. From the immigrant’s perspective, in fact, one of the greatest benefits of becoming a citizen is the ability to find a representative voice and to be able to use this voice to effect change and improve conditions of living not only for oneself but for one’s family and community members. This community interest and involvement is often seen as being at the heart of Canadian citizenship, and the fact that scores of immigrants choose to seek citizenship every year helps to make the country’s landscape more interesting and diverse.

There are several issues that may arise in governmental organization that seem imperfect to new citizens, yet the status they’ve achieved allows them to have a say in the course of that organization, potentially contributing to important changes for the nation and for concerns on a more local level. When residents of Canada are unable to participate in voting and other activities because of their status as immigrants, they may be especially frustrated by the sense that they’re unable to have a true impact on the local quality of life. Going through the necessary steps to achieve citizenship and learning about the country and its past in the process means immigrants can give themselves a gift of enormous value: the ability to understand and to take action.

Enjoying representation in government is something that not everybody can experience, but those who travel to Canada and put their effort and time into securing citizenship are typically met with the ability to find a powerful representative voice –one that understands the needs of newcomers and people trying to establish themselves in particular.

9 Comments

  • Roberto Scas October 14, 2010 at 11:10 am

    It wonders me how immigrants can be such bad represented since Canada is based on immigration, French and Britons fought this lands for power and ownership. Immigration was thee boost that made this land what it is. The same for most of America. Whats the deal?

    How can people so easily forget their roots?

  • Patricio Isidore October 24, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    The questions boils to the same point, why did we came here in the first place? What were we looking for? I can tell you on a blink. I was looking for a country that has responsibility with its people. A country where not all the funds are rotten by corruption. A country where you taxes are well used and your voice is heard.

    A country that everyone deserves.

  • Ariadna November 3, 2010 at 8:17 am

    It is not only about be represented. It is not only about the rights an immigrant has. It is the fact that an immigrant comes searching a better life, an opportunity, we want to be heard and respected. We might not have grown in Canada but we certainly appreciate it more than many born Canuks.

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  • Paul November 10, 2010 at 5:55 pm

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  • Florencia November 11, 2010 at 3:05 pm

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