The census form is also an important document – but what does it have to do with the passport? Right now – not much… but if Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe has anything to say about it passport renewals will be contingent upon completion of census forms.
There is currently a problem in Canada regarding low census form returns. Duceppe feels that if citizens do not fill out census forms that the government should withhold services such as initial passport applications and passport renewals.
Citizens have rights, but they also have responsibilities.
Can the government refuse to provide government services such as processing a passport? Or is this going too far?
Proponents of withholding passports feel that getting a passport is a privilege that citizens must earn through cooperation with governmental requests. Those opposed to the proposed passport legislation feel that the government does not have the right to withhold passport services regardless of whether or not the census form is completed.
It should be interesting to see how this question of withholding passports turns out.
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