America exporting fine actors to Canada
Stemming the tide from outflow to influx
After years of Canadian actors and actresses fleeing Canada for the USA, now it may be that the tide has turned. Since US authorities have dropped charges against the Quaids, their pathway to Canadian freedom appears to be clear. NAFTA?
Good grief, look at this list:
“Famous Canadian on both the big and small screen.
Howie Mandel is a Canadian-born comedian and actor from Willowdale, Ontario (which became North York, which is now Toronto). ...
Joshua Carter Jackson is a Canadian actor. He was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to an American father and an Ir ...
William "Bill" Shatner (born March 22, 1931) is an Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-winning Canadian actor, who gained fame for ...”
“Randy Quaid, the Canadian? Actor could become citizen
Published On Wed Feb 23 2011
VANCOUVER—American actor and conspiracy theorist Randy Quaid is one step closer to becoming a Canadian citizen.
His wife, whose father was born in Canada, received her Canadian citizenship earlier this month and Evi Quaid has already applied to sponsor her husband for residency.
“Unbelievable,” she said Wednesday, when asked how it felt to be gain citizenship.
“I think I always was. I think I’m a natural.”
The couple was arrested in Vancouver last October on a warrant issued in Santa Barbara, Calif., where they face charges of felony vandalism.
The Quaids immediately sought refugee status, claiming “star whackers” from Hollywood were out to get them like they did their friends Heath Ledger and David Carradine. Carradine was found hanging in a Bangkok hotel room, and Ledger died of an accidental drug overdose in New York City.
Canada Border Services said Randy Quaid was inadmissible to Canada because of the charges he faced in the United States, but the agency confirmed Wednesday that those proceedings against the actor have now been withdrawn.
The agency would not specify what led them to that decision but Quaid’s lawyer, John Shewfelt, said he believes the charges in the U.S. are not an extraditable offence and the agency likely withdrew after looking at the files sent to them by American prosecutors.
“I draw the logical connection between the absence of evidence and the withdrawal of the proceeding,” Shewfelt said.
The couple’s other lawyer, Catherine Sas, said both the sponsorship and refugee applications will continue but a refugee claim takes about 18 months, twice as long as sponsorship.
Sas said the “star whackers” claim will be addressed if Quaid’s request for asylum is not circumvented by the citizenship sponsorship.
“That matter is to be addressed in the context of their refugee claim and, as I stated, we’re hopeful that he will have permanent resident status and it won’t be necessary to take that step,” Sas told reporters.
In a strange twist at the Vancouver news conference, Quaid accepted a Vancouver Film Critics award that originally brought him to Vancouver last October. Canadian actor and television personality Terry David Mulligan presented the award to Quaid in front of the small crowd of local media for his role as a hit man in the movie Real Time.
“What’s lost in all of this is that Randy’s a really good actor, making good films and we’re pleased to have him here,” Mulligan said.
Quaid, who didn’t take any questions from reporters, spent several minutes thanking his fellow actors, the director, the cinematographer and cast and crew on the movie.
“But today we’re here to say thank you Canada. Thank you for your warm welcome, thank you for giving us the opportunity to live in peace and thank you to the Vancouver Film Critics Circle,” Quaid said.
The border services agency said because Quaid’s refugee claim is still active, he is still required to report once a week to the agency.”