Hi, Gang. It's been awhile and I've been lying low while my Canadian citizenship application was in process. Today, the process is complete!
Yup - West End Bob's a brand new Canadian! One more vote against stephen harper and his ilk. To tell the truth, the Canada today is vastly different one from the one "drf" and I began the immigration process to back in 2005. It's amazing how much damage one person/party can do to a nation in such a short period of time. I only hope the citizenry wakes up soon and restores Canada to the great nation it once was - It's not too late.
That aside, the ceremony itself was a wonderful, touching experience. Myself ("drf" doesn't have the required residency status for his citizenship yet) and 80 others from 23 different countries gathered in downtown Vancouver for the roughly two-hour ceremony.
The female judge gave a very uplifting and inspirational talk to us and interjected bits of humour, too. All in all, a great experience - I highly recommend it!
Now for what's next on the agenda: Apply for my Canadian passport in a couple of days, join the BC Civil Liberties Union and The Council of Canadians.
Time to get to work on restoring Canada to its former position of respect in the world - pre-stephen harper . . . .