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Why I don’t fly to or through Canada at all

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I have flown through Canada a couple of times traversing to other countries.

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I now try to avoid Canada altogether now, although I thoroughly enjoyed a brief 3 day stay in Vancouver. I personally think it is a lovely city and enjoyed my time there. I would love to go again but I have a bad taste in my mouth dealing with Canadian Customs and Immigration.

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Maybe I should preface my opinion based on where I have traveled in the last 20 years or so.

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I have been to Hong Kong (when it was under British rule), China, Taiwan, Korea, and Czech Republic. I have also traversed London, England between Prague and Hong Kong and have flow through Frankfurt Germany.

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When flying through Canada one time, changing planes, I accidently took a wrong turn in the terminal (yes, my fault for misreading signs), and had to clear Canadian Customs to get back on the next leg of my flight. What I found was that Canadian Customs/Immigration was demoralizing and inhuman. This is what I found even before they looked at my passport or actually did any checking on who I was. Now, I have to tell you at this point, I have a clean FBI criminal record, not a mark on it. Not say it should be that way but it is.

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I have watched videos of current Canadian Customs and Immigrations treatment of visitors to their country. It felt and appears to me that Canada doesn’t want tourists or visitors to their country, I’m okay with that. However, when I book flights to Asia, I avoid flying through Canada explicitly. I will fly through any other country except Canada.

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Now I have to say that the United States of America is partially at fault for how United States Citizens are currently treated. You see, the United States has decided to give Canada, and apparently other countries who want it, access to our FBI criminal records, that’s right, when you pass through Canadian Customs and Immigration, they instantly pull up your FBI criminal record to see if you have been arrested or convicted.

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They will ask you if you have ever been arrested and then chastise you if you tell them you haven’t but they see an arrest on your record. Now it seems to me that an arrest is nothing more than possibly being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Meaning, that an arrest has nothing to do with being guilty or innocent of something, it only means that someone thought you might be guilty of something. Once you go to court and found innocent, that arrest means absolutely nothing, no guilt of anything what so ever, but Canada apparently thinks that an arrest is some sort of guilt or has some sort of meaning, hmmm, does the United States think so too?
Oh, and those of you who have had your record expunged, that info may not be available in the United States, however, at a foreign country’s Customs and Immigration, that information is still on your record. Expunged? Good luck with that one.

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What happens at Canadian Customs and Immigration is that, if you the traveler have something on your record, or they believe you lied to them about your arrest record (like that is any of their business), they can deny you access to their country. Now let’s analyze what that means for a moment. You present your passport to Canadian Customs/Immigrations and, for whatever reason, they deny you access into Canada. You at that point, have to return to your country of origin at our own expense, oh, and did I mention? You have to buy that ticket on a moment’s notice at whatever the going rate is for a no advance purchase. Take a look at those rates and you will see what I mean.
Now let’s say, in the case of where I accidently entered Canada traversing to Asia, they could deny me access to Canada and have me return to where my flight originated from or return to my country of citizenship. Wonderful system, who dreamed this one up? i know it was my own fault that I ended up in Canada during a flight change, but none the less, it shouldn’t put me in a position that it could jeopardize all my travel plans at the whim of one country’s Customs and Immigration.

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What I find even more disturbing is that other countries are getting on the band wagon of checking FBI records to decide if they want to let you into their country or not. One thing I find very disturbing about this practice is that you don’t find out if they will let you in until you get there, thereby incurring huge costs just for a plane ride to their Customs and Immigration and then back home again.

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I’m going to file this under; How the United States is closing its borders and not allowing its citizens to leave their own country.

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Other ways the United States is keeping Citizens from leaving.

  1. If you owe child support you can’t leave the country.
  2. If you owe the IRS more than 50k dollars, you can’t leave the country.
  3. If you want to stay abroad and open a bank account to pay bills while you are there, FATCA laws make it extremely difficult for you to do that. This has affected so many living abroad already that they are giving up their American Citizenship so they can stay living there.
  4. The price of handing in your passport to the United States government recently went from $450.00 processing fee to $2350.00 processing fee to try to discourage United States Citizens from handing in their passports. This is a 422% increase. Who can do that besides government?
  5.  If you give up your US Citizenship, you run an extremely high risk of losing your Social Security Benefits. (This one keeps me a United States Citizen). I earned this right by paying into the Social Security System. I recently found out there are certain countries that if you obtain residency in the United States will let you keep your Social Security. A little too risky for me.

I have not done an exhaustive search of the ways the United States is stopping people from leaving their country of Citizenship, these few that I have brought up are just the ones that jump off the page at me. Maybe you should investigate some on your own. Stay informed, stay knowledgeable.

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This was written by an enlisted Veteran of the Vietnam Conflict.

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I love my country but my Government has gotten out of control and something needs to be done about it.
Carry your guns but put your assets abroad before your Government confiscates them.

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4 Responses to Why I don’t fly to or through Canada at all

  1. Carlyle Blackwell
    Carlyle Blackwell May 25, 2017 at 8:40 am

    Canada has become over the decades less and less our friends to the north.

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  2. Mark Clemons May 25, 2017 at 10:34 am

    ask any canadican and they will tell you that when it comes to travel they mimic the US just a our neighbors to the south does. Been that way for decades the US sets boarder policies and our NAFTA partners follow.

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    • Carlyle Blackwell
      Carlyle Blackwell May 28, 2017 at 12:19 pm

      I believe the author does not blame the Canadians but our own government….. Might read that article again, Mark.

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  3. Mark Clemons May 31, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Nor do I blame the Canadian government per say, I blame the evil syndicates the evil clans and families that will never fight the battles defending the lines they have drawn, those evil lines that divide regions and families for their greedy quest for power and profits, the Canadians to the north and the many to the south ALL are my brothers, ALL are Americans

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