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March 24 , 2007: How much more evidence do we need to drag up from the sixty+ year old files of the Immigration Branch to prove that War Brides and the children they brought with them to Canada between 1942 and 1948 are Canadian citizens?
Click on the links below to see recent correspondence between Buckingham Palace and Eswyn Lyster about the status of War Brides and their children! For your information, HRH instructed Eswyn to write to Canada's Governor General, and the GG in turn, instructed Eswyn to ask the Minister of Veterans Affairs. (I'll be meeting with the Minister's Chief of Staff on Monday, March 26, 2007 in Ottawa following my testimony before the Citizenship and Immigration Committee.)
Click on the links below to read a very small sample from the thousands and thousands of pages of wartime correspondence from the Immigration Branch in which the issue of War Bride citizenship is clearly articulated.
Click on the links below to read 1946 correspondence between the then Ministers of Veterans Affairs, Trade and Commerce and Immigration saying War Brides are citizens.
Click on the links below to read the wartime Privy Council Orders in Council which clearly state that War Brides are citizens.
Click on the links below to see a few of the booklets and pamphlets that were distributed to War Brides between 1944 and 1946 which clearly say that War Brides are citizens.
Click on the links below to read the official 1947 History of the Directorate of Repatriation describing the War Bride transportation and stating that War Brides are citizens.
NEW March 23, 2007
Letter from Eswyn Lyster to Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth, October 23, 2006 (last four pages are a summary of War Bride citizenship issue)
Response from Buckingham Palace to Eswyn Lyster, November 9, 2006.
Letter from Eswyn Lyster to the Governor General of Canada, February 1, 2007.
Response from the Governor General of Canada to Eswyn Lyster, March 5, 2007.
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Booklets and Pamphlets
Welcome to War Brides, Published in Canada by the Department of National Defence and the Wartime Information Board, 1944
Front Cover of Welcome To War Brides and Introduction by Princess Alice, Wife of the Governor General of Canada
"As wife of the Governor General of Canada I have been asked to write a short foreword to this booklet, which has been prepared by the Canadian Government for the help and guidance of British wives of Canadian servicemen about to make their homes in this country."
Welcome to War Brides Section on Canadian Citizenship Page 12-13
"Canada is not just an extension of Britain, nor is she subordinate or subject in any way to the United Kingdom Government. She is a soverign nation in her own right - one of the free countries which constitute the British Commonwealth. Coming from the British Isles to become a new citizen of Canada, you will have the same King but a different government...."
Welcome to War Brides back cover showing publisher and date
"Published in Canada by the Department of National Defence and the Wartime Information Board, 1944"
Canadian Cookbook for British Wives prepared in collaboration with the Consumer Sections of the Wartime Information Board and the Department of Agriculture by the Women's Voluntary Services Division, Department of National War Services.
Canadian Cookbook Front Cover
Canadian Cookbook introduction http://www.canadianwarbrides.com/joetaylor/cookbook-p-01-32.jpg
Canadian Cookbook p 30-31
"You are now a Canadian and these are your services. Don't hesitate to use them."
Dock to Destination a pamphlet produced by the Department of National Defence
Dock to Destination front
Dock to Destination back
"As soon as the ship docks Canadian Immigration officials will come aboard. These men will complete the formalities for your entry into Canada which automatically make you a Canadian citizen."
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Correspondence from the Minister of Veterans Affairs
October - November, 1946 correspondence between the Mayor of Edmonton and the Minister of Veterans Affairs, Minister of Trade and Commerce and Minister of Mines and Resources (Responsible for Immigration) saying WAR BRIDES ARE CANADIAN CITIZENS.
October 10, 1946. Letter from Mayor H.D. Ainley, Mayor of Edmonton (two pages) to Hon. J.A. MacKinnon, Minister of Trade and Commerce
October 15, 1946. Letter from Hon. J.A. MacKinnon, Minister of Trade and Commerce to Hon. J.A. Glen, K.C., MP, Minister of Mines and Resources (Responsible for Immigration Branch)
October 16, 1946. Letter from Leita Vail Allingham, Assistant Secretary to Hon. J.A. Glen, K.C., MP, Minister of Mines and Resources (Responsible for Immigration Branch) to the Acting Deputy Minister
November 2, 1946. Letter from Ian MacKenzie, Minister of Veterans Affairs to Hon. J.A. MacKinnon, Minister of Trade and Commerce (two pages)
November 23, 1946. Letter from Leita Vail Allingham, Assistant Secretary Hon. J.A. Glen, K.C., MP, Minister of Mines and Resources (Responsible for Immigration)
November 27, 1946. Letter to Hon. JA MacKinnon, Minister of Trade and Commerce, from Hon. J.A. Glen, K.C., MP, Minister of Mines and Resources
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List of Order in Councils relating to the Citizenship status of War Brides and their children, interchangeably known as "Servicemens Dependents". (Source: Appendix to History of Directorate of Repatriation, Dependents Transportation section, March 1947, Public Archives of Canada).
Appendix Page 1
Appendix Page 2
PC 858 Dated February 9, 1945 Page 1
PC 858 Dated February 9, 1945 Page 2
PC 4216 dated October 11, 1945
PC 7318 dated September 21, 1944 Page 1 (Source: IB, RG 76 Vol, 460, File 705870, pt. 5)
PC 7318 dated September 21, 1944 Page 2
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General Correspondence of Immigration Branch in which citizenship status is discussed.
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History of the Directorate of Repatriation, Servicemen's Dependents