Canadian pass­port car­ries great power, great re­spon­si­bil­ity


Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - FRONT PAGE - RON PRADINUK

FOR a long time, I have spo­ken out on the value of the Canadian pass­port.

Not only does it al­low Cana­di­ans to travel freely to most coun­tries of the world, but it is a sym­bol re­flect­ing the way the rest of the world views Canada.

For peo­ple of other coun­tries who wish to be­come cit­i­zens of Canada, it rep­re­sents a path to free­dom and an op­por­tu­nity to build a bet­ter fu­ture for their chil­dren.

It is one of our most valu­able doc­u­ments, which in­forms oth­ers of the val­ues we hold as a na­tion. With it we are wel­comed as vis­i­tors to al­most any na­tion we choose to visit.

In most in­stances we can visit those coun­tries with­out the need of ap­ply­ing for an en­try visa weeks or months in ad­vance. But how do we rank against other coun­ties around the world?

Are we re­ally the best-re­ceived hold­ers of pass­ports, or do we rank far be­hind?

Hen­ley & Part­ners is an in­ter­na­tional res­i­dence- and cit­i­zen­ship-plan­ning con­sult­ing firm that mea­sures such cri­te­ria an­nu­ally. The goal, one of its ex­ec­u­tives said, is to “pro­vide an in­di­ca­tion of the re­la­tion­ship be­tween in­di­vid­ual na­tions and the sta­tus of a coun­try within the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity of na­tions.”

This in­for­ma­tion is valu­able be­cause it leads to poli­cies, as the com­pany spokesper­son un­der­scored, “to es­tab­lish visa re­stric­tions that are an im­por­tant tool for gov­ern­ments to con­trol the move­ment of for­eign na­tion­als across bor­ders.”

The most re­cent re­port, which re­flected in­for­ma­tion gath­ered on be­half of the In­ter­na­tional Air Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion, had Canada ranked rea­son­ably high in the mea­sure­ment cri­te­ria — but not the best of the best.

Cit­i­zens of Fin­land, Swe­den and the United King­dom can freely en­ter 173 coun­tries with­out the need of ap­ply­ing for what are usu­ally costly visas.

The United States has a score of 172,


If you plan to visit Croa­tia, your pass­port must be valid for three months be­yond your ex­pected de­par­ture.

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