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Reminder: Canada Has A Citizenship Question On Its Census

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On Thursday evening, President Donald J. Trump is expected to announce that he will use a new method of asking each person in the United States whether or not they are a citizen. His original plan, to ask the question as part of the census, was struck down by the Supreme Court. Media critics and political opponents said it was racist and disproportionately targets minorities who may not feel comfortable answering the question. Furthermore, these same leftists argued that it is fundamentally wrong to ask the question at all. But if that is the case, then why does Canada, often heralded by the left as a bastion of noble collectivist virtue, ask for your citizenship status?

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According to the New York Post, our neighbor's to the north have been asking the question for more than 100 years. 

via New York Post:

While “a politically divisive debate continues to rage” in the United States over a Census question on citizenship, Canada’s census has been asking about it since 1901, reports CBC’s Kathleen Harris. The long form asks, “Of what country is this person a citizen?” and allows three answers: “Canada, by birth,” “Canada, by naturalization” or “Other country — specify.” And for all the US fears that “the question would discourage immigrants from participating in the census,” the Canadian government’s “data quality assessment indicators have not flagged any issues specifically related to the citizenship question.” More: “The Library of Parliament could not find any significant debate, controversy or court case related to the inclusion of a citizenship question on the Canadian census form.”

Well, in short, the only reason anybody is against this is that it was President Donald J. Trump who had the idea to ask the question and they afraid asking it will hurt them politically. 

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Remember, leftists also accuse the president of being a bigot for wanting to deport illegal aliens. The even say that detaining non-Americans who try to come to the country is inherently wrong. But, as I have previously reported, Canada does the exact same thing. In fact, in 2018, Canadian officials went on a tour of the United States last year to convince people in the U.S. not to illegally enter the Great White North. 

Randy Boissonnault, a liberal member of Parliament and a special advisor to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, spoke to a variety of illegal immigrant groups in South Florida about what to expect should they choose to exit the United States and criminally enter into Canada. 

While on what might as well have been a "Canada First" speaking tour, he said that it did not matter whether a family in Canada has been living there for "four centuries, four decades, four months or four minutes: A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian...Other than indigenous peoples...our country has been built on, and will continue to be built on, immigration...But if you cross the border illegally, you will be breaking the law. You will be apprehended. And after that, you will be in detention." (emphasis added)

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Whatever the case it is obvious to anybody with a brain, even those in Canada, that there is nothing wrong with a country protecting its border nor in asking those within its jurisdiction whether or not they are citizens.

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