You might be surprised to know that many of Canada’s war dead in World War I and World War II were not actually considered Canadian citizens.
It’s because the government says the concept of Canadian citizenship didn’t exist prior to 1947.
Don Chapman has been advocating for years to have citizenship granted to Canada’s fallen soldiers.
“And we went into a court case where the government affirmed that ‘they were not ours’, and then Le Monde, France’s largest newspaper, saying Canada didn’t lose one soldier in WWI and WWII because according to the government they weren’t citizens…how insulting!”
Chapman is the founder of “Lost Canadians”, a group that points out gaps in citizenship law.