Don Chapman discusses his book The Lost Canadians: A Struggle for Citizenship Rights, Equality, and Identity (Pugwash Press, 2015), with Joseph Planta.
|The Lost Canadians: A Struggle for Citizenship Rights, Equality, and Identity by Don Chapman (Pugwash Press, 2015).
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Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:
I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver, at TheCommentary.ca.
‘Lost Canadians’ are people who were born in Canada but who have lost their citizenship. There are more than a million Canadians, and they include children of Canadian women who married American citizens, First Nations adults whose parents refused to send them to residential schools, as well as Canada’s war dead who fought in the First and Second World Wars. There are some notable Canadians too, Nobel Prize recipients, Hollywood stars, and notable singers. A new book looks at the campaign to have their status returned. It’s written by a Lost Canadian, Don Chapman. He was born in Vancouver, and he joins me now. I’ll get him to tell us his story, about how he lost his citizenship, and his path to regaining it. I’ve started the book, and the book teems of the frustration that he and many advocates felt with regards to the roadblocks posed by the various legislation in place, the media unwilling to cover this story, and the politicians who were unmoved to act. Don Chapman is a United Airlines pilot, currently on leave, and he has spoken out on the issue of citizenship rights for many years, including with major media and Senate hearings. The website for more is at www.lostcanadian.com. The book is published by Pugwash Press. It’s called: The Lost Canadians: A Struggle for Citizenship Rights, Equality, and Identity. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, in Vancouver today, Don Chapman; Mr. Chapman, good morning.