HEADLINES

Canada: Donald Sutherland takes on Ottawa over voting rights

Published on July 24, 2015. Huffington Post.

One of Canada's most famous expats is railing against the Harper government over a federal law that takes the right to vote away from citizens living abroad for more than five years.

One of Canada’s most famous expats is railing against the Harper government over a federal law that takes the right to vote away from citizens living abroad for more than five years.

Donald Sutherland attacks the policy in an opinion piece published Tuesday in the Globe and Mail titled, “I’m Canadian — and I have a right to vote.

It follows an Ontario Court of Appeal decision earlier this month that upheld federal voting restrictions.

Sutherland — who was born in Saint John, N.B., and still has a home in Canada — says he’s proud of his Canadian citizenship.

The veteran actor says he’s refused to obtain U.S. citizenship even though he spends much of his time living and working south of the border.

The rule was enacted in 1993 amid debate about the strength of non-resident ties to Canada and their knowledge of domestic politics.

We live in Canada all the time we can. Our family house is here. Professionally, I still have to think twice when I say ‘out’ or ‘house.’ I have to restrain myself from saying ‘eh?’,” Sutherland says in the article, which had generated hundreds of comments online by mid-afternoon Tuesday.

Ask any journalist that’s ever interviewed me what nationality I proudly proclaim to have. Ask them. They’ll tell you. I am a Canadian. But I’m an expatriate and the Harper government won’t let expatriates participate in Canadian elections.

Huffington Post: Donald Sutherland, Canadian Expat, Takes On Ottawa Over Voting Rights.

Click Picture for a Popular Article

  • UNICEF estimates nearly 400 children have been killed and over 600 injured in the past four months in the country, the poorest in the Middle East. 13 Yemeni teaching staff and four children were killed by a Saudi air strike on August 20. Two days before, coalition bombing in the Amran province took the lives of 17 civilians, injuring 20 more. UNICEF condemned what it called the “senseless bloodshed.” A Red Cross spokeswoman said the violence in Ta’iz, in southern Yemen, in just one day on August 21 left 80 people dead.
  • The teenager, Nihad Barakat Shamo Alawsi, was taken to Syria and then to the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul in northern Iraq, she told an event in London on Wednesday. "They raped us, they killed our men, they took our babies away from us," Alawsi, now 17, said at the event organised by the UK-based AMAR Foundation, a charity that provides education and healthcare in the Middle East.
  • People searched for survivors in the rubble of houses destroyed by an airstrike in Sana, Yemen, on June 12. (Photo: Mohamed Al-Sayaghi/Reuters) alistairreignblog.com
  • Mona Relief has become a lifeline to the Yemeni families they reach; delivering more than physical aid, they bring with them a glimmer of hope; a reassurance that Yemen is not forgotten.
  • Many children in the street killed from a Saudi-led airstrike on a Yemen refugee camp.
  • Operation Mesoamerica human trafficking operation conducted in Panama City, Panama.
  • Yemen is the poorest country in the Arabian peninsula, with more than 40 percent of people living below the poverty line Reuters
  • People light candles at the scene of a massive car bomb attack in Karada, a busy shopping district where people were shopping for the upcoming Eid al-Fitr holiday, in the center of Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, July 3, 2016. More than 100 people died Sunday in a car bombing that the Islamic extremist militia group said it carried out, an official of the Iraqi Interior Ministry said.
  • afghan_clinic_bombed
  • And now - a country with more than 10,000 people killed in the ensuing violence, over 10,000 more died of starvation under the blockade of humanitarian aid and supplies - the Middle East’s poorest nation, Yemen is reduced to the brink of famine.
  • Painted on the side of a building in Bristol, southwest England - home of the celebrated graffiti artist Banksy - the image reprises a 1979 photograph of Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and East German President Erich Honecker kissing, which was later turned into a mural on the Berlin Wall. It was commissioned by pro-EU campaign group "We are Europe" as what they call a warning of things to come if Britons vote to leave the 28-member bloc on June 23, as advocated by both Johnson and Trump, the presumptive Republican candidate in November's U.S. presidential election. Johnson is the "Out" campaign's best-known leader and Trump has said Britain would be "better off without" the EU, which he has blamed for Europe's migration crisis.
  • Donald Trump Jumps The Shark

Click Picture for a Popular Cartoon

  • Britney Spears Looking Hot in black leather in Toxic music video. who was sexiest? Britney in Toxic or Taylor Swift in Bad Blood
  • When cartoons turn into people
  • Victoria's 'Homeless' Drug Addicts
  • Donald Trump for President
  • al-Batshit-Assad
  • Donald Trump and a Cheshire cat have the same smug smile.
  • Trump Trudeau State Dinner.
  • In episode two he addresses the assassination of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and the humanitarian catastrophe in the impoverished Republic of Yemen. Minhaj warns America to reconsider their attitude toward Saudi Arabian crown prince Mohammed bin Salman.
  • Take Our Poll: Come on in and tell us who haunted your nightmares! Which vampire had the most ferocious fangs?
  • Donald Trump and I Lama Crazy. alistairreignblog.com
  • The Donalds invade Washington Caption This photo winner 1The Donalds invade Washington Caption This photo winner 1

Start a Conversation or Write a Caption This joke.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.