Prologue – Citizens Abroad, The Right To Return And A Possible Right To Vote
In @Expatriationlaw podcast @RonanMcCrea discussed Ireland citizenship by descent rules – arguing they resulted in more potential Irish citizens living outside Ireland than in Ireland. In 1987 Toronto Star writer Mr. Cahill made same argument for Canada. https://t.co/RYJA4ZLpkt pic.twitter.com/miOaDIZg29
— John Richardson – lawyer for "U.S. persons" abroad (@ExpatriationLaw) July 26, 2020
In 1987, This Toronto Star article referenced in the above tweet may be read in its entirety as follows:
The Toronto Star identifies some of the problems associated with citizenship policies that are overly generous. Interestingly (see the Appendix) in 2009 Canada attempted to address these problems through amendments to the Citizenship Act.
The 1987 Toronto Star article is very similar to a 2020 article written by Professor Ronan McCrae where he argues that (among other things) that citizens abroad should not have the right to vote.