The backstory is that the Wall Street Journal has an article in today's edition titled;
Australia’s Swamp Needs Draining Too: It Had a Canadian in It
The scandal revolves around Section 44 of Australia’s Constitution. It contains a 116-year-old sub-clause which states that Australians are ineligible to be elected officials if they hold dual citizenship with another country. This was to stop Australian officials with dual loyalties from taking office back when the British influence was already overwhelming. This was a forgotten sleepy dead issue in the days before the internet but now people with nothing better to do with their time are tirelessly scouring the net to expose miscreants who are actually citizens and agents of malicious foreign powers. Powers such as Canada.
The current scandal involves Larissa Waters, a Queensland senator who resigned her position after discovering she was an “accidental” Canadian. Accidental? She was born here which automatically made her a citizen but she somehow conveniently forgot that. Her excuse was that she left when she was 11-months old and hasn’t been back to Canada since.
OK, fine, these things happen. But what turns this into treasonous diatribe against her own mother country was this comment quoted in the Wall Street Journal;
Shock and sadness? I have to say I shared her opinion when I found out she was Canadian. She even renamed her twitter blog 'Accidental Canadian'. Macleans, our national magazine (slowly dying but I've subscribed for decades), has this to say about Larissa;Sadly, Ms. Waters is currently a woman adrift. During her tearful resignation speech, she said it was with “shock and sadness” she had discovered she was Canadian.
Although I question whether Catherine is, herself, truly a Canadian. We don't have egos.After that, Catherine McIntyre, writing for Canadian current-affairs magazine Macleans, issued a stern rebuke. “Harsh words indeed, and a sting to a collective Canadian ego accustomed to veneration from the international community,” she wrote.
The only one I feel sorry for in this whole sordid mess is Matt Canavan, Australia's Resource Minister who had to resign after finding out that he was an Italian citizen. He said;
But that wasn't enough to save him from the ramifications of a citizenship he had no idea he possessed. How did the Italian government get him in its clutches? Through innocent trust in his own mother!I was not born in Italy, I’ve never been to Italy and, to my knowledge, have never stepped foot in an Italian consulate or embassy.
Larissa doesn't even have that excuse. She knew she was born in Canada.In 2006, Mr. Canavan’s sentimental Italian mother, Maria, had successfully applied on his behalf for Italian citizenship—without telling him. Signore Canavan found out only after she came clean, and after confirming it with Italian diplomats.
So we're foiled yet again. Canada, with an estimated population of only 36,657,857 as of Sunday, August 6, 2017, has to focus carefully on countries we can subvert from within through sleeper citizens. Australia, with a population of only 24,671,974 (estimate as of the same date) seemed perfect. Until that damned Section 44 kicked in. It also saved the Aussies from Italy's devilish plans.