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Chris Clarkson MP - Canada

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Chris Clarkson MP

MP for Heywood and Middleton

My dad grew up above my grandfather’s shop opposite what is now the Sheppard-Yonge Subway Station in Toronto.

My grandad was actually born a British subject because the concept of being a Canadian citizen did not exist until 1947 – despite never visiting the UK until well into his middle age.

It wasn’t until I was born in 1982 that the UK passed the Canada Act, which finally gave the Canadian Parliament the power to amend Canada’s constitution.

The Commonwealth means a huge amount to me and I am very proud to have both British and Canadian heritage.