TORONTO*-*Here we go again.
This week we ran the story of Lawrence Connelly, born in 1967 to a Canadian military family based in Germany, who found out this year that he cannot get a passport unless he can prove he’s a citizen — and the DND certificate of birth isn’t proof.
After reading the story, Paul Harman, born in 1952 to a Canadian army family based in Hamburg, Germany, realized he was in the same dilemma as Connelly — with an added wrinkle that made even less sense than Connelly’s Catch 22 situation.
Now retired after running a retail sales company that provided jobs for over 20 individuals, Harman had a series of five passports issued to him over the years prior to new regulations imposed because of 9/11.
The last time he applied for a passport renewal, Harman was rejected unless he could produce a Canadian birth certificate, which he didn’t have. The certificate of birth issued by DND in 1952 wasn’t good enough.
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