However, an anonymous reader suggested the following:
What is a big issue that needs to be looked at? Well, frankly, I still think that immigration needs a big overhaul. I hope that the Lebanese/Canadians-rescue-return to Lebanon issue isn't forgotten. It's that old dual citizenship thing that needs to be looked at, so that we don't get "used" again by people who play a race/refugee card when they need it, and then their Canadian card when they need that.
Lorne Gunter must have been listening. In today's National Post column, Commit to Canada if you expect it to commit to you, he vents about "Canadians of convenience" who hold dual-citizenship but reside outside of the country. He wants even more stringent commitment than what Citizenship and Immigration Minister Monte Solberg is proposing with a passport increase to $500 for non-resident Canadians:
Citizenship is not just about privileges, it is about obligations, too. And if you are not prepared to make at least a semi- permanent commitment to Canada, I don't see where this country has any responsibility to stand by you, even if you've slipped the foreign affairs department a little something extra once in a while.
There is an undercurrent of resentment here. While I don't think it's our first priority, this issue definitely needs to be addressed in the not-too-distant future.