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Thorsten Heins is now a Canadian citizen

Thorsten Heins
By Adam Zeis on 7 Mar 2013 04:25 pm EST
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BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins celebrated the release of the new CrackBerry in a better way than most of us - by becoming a Canadian citizen. In a small ceremony that took place in Kitchener yesterday, Heins was one of many who were granted Canadian citizenship. He is now a dual citizen of both Germany and Canada. In addition to being able to now truly say he's Canadian, he can also take advantage of universal health care and all the Poutine he can handle (ok, anyone can have Poutine but it's more fun when you're Canadian). 

If you want to send a quick congrats along you can do so in the forums. And don't forget to check out our new, totally awesome Thorsten Heins topic page for everything you need to know (and more!) about BlackBerry's CEO.

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Thorsten Heins is now a Canadian citizen

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Congrats TH!

Proud to have you among us!

Adam, on the Health care, that's probably why he kept the German citizeship, they don't have 5 year wait times for a broken finger

Funny. Neither do we (Canadian). The wait times are grossly over exaggerated. If it's an emergency then you'll be taken care of, I have numerous elderly friends who have had none problem. Like I said, it's grossly over exaggerated, our health system is in fine shape. (says I) lol

Weird. That 3 year wait list I was on to see the shoulder specialist doesn't seem exaggerated...

I don't personally know anyone who has had t wait like that to see any kind of specialist... If it's not an injury or painful, the waits can be a little longer, but I've never seen over a year. and I've seen A LOT of injuries and needs for specialists... it's always been fairly quick. Heck, for that matter, even the cases I know of that were not ot emergency or in pain, we're in to see the specialist in under a year. I keep wanting to actually know someone personally like your self who had a wait like that... but in the hundreds or even thousands of people I know, not a one. but what do I know. Each to their own experience. Maybe you need to move to Alberta ;)

A lot of it depends on where you are, as well. I've had multiple deaths in my family from being put on wait lists to see specialists for everything from lupus, to cancer, to rare heart diseases, etc. in BC.

The Canadian system is great, just don't get anything serious or you might wind up waiting to your death.

Keep in mind Canada's population and geography. European countries are far more densely populated. Each hospital and clinic there would be able to employ more staff and serve more people than the average hospital/clinic in Canada because there are more taxpayers per square kilometer to fund it. Generally, major cities in Canada are going to have much better health care than small towns in the middle of nowhere.

Wait times aren't exaggerated. They just aren't going to be experienced by everyone. Yes, I believe no one should have to wait, but things won't improve without more funding for health care. Perhaps we should start cutting politician salaries and shifting those savings onto health care...

Serious?!
I literally broke my finger yesterday... went in today, got it x-rayed today and is under treatment now. No wait time. Not sure where you got 5 years from, but its sure not where im at (Calgary)

The taxman already goes after all residents working here, even those who are neither citizens nor permanent residents.

If Thor decides to move back to Germany in the future, he's safe from the Canadian taxman as long as he doesn't maintain an address in his name here. German taxes are much higher though!

I'm a dual citizen, best of both worlds! Plus, nowadays most of the Western countries are cool with each other, so it's not a big deal to be a citizen of two countries. There are certain limitations though.

I think Thorsten should keep his dual citizenship just like the BlackBerry10, one for work and one for play.

Same here... my old country didn't permit multiple citizenship either, but I have no regrets about giving up my former nationality because Canada is much better :)

CrackBerry took my news tip AND featured my forum post in a top post?! My life is now complete :D

Congrats again Mr. Heins!

I want to be a Canadian Citizen too. Congrat to Thorsten Heins you have made me Proud to be a Blackberry owner. God Bless you Plenty.

ADAM, you should know better.
Us Canadians have more than poutine...
We also have bacon and maple syrup!

I'm Chinese with many Ukrainian friends who have grand parents that have adopted me because of my mass perogy consumption. Then again I love dim sum, it's pretty much the same.

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Congratulations Thorsten Heins. Good on you.

I have dual citizenship as well. Cape Breton and Canada. LoL

Lol here come the trolls lol. How has he destroyed BB10 exactly??.

Glad to have Thor as a fellow Canadian, I have both Canadian and British citizenship.

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Troll!!! Sort yourself out!

TH said BB10 is ready! Far from it, i'm not going in to detail, read the Z10 Hub, it's full of flaws, cant even sync with Outlook.

Thats how its serewed up!!

I am a German citizen living in the US since 13 years. How did he do that, because the Germans don't accept dual citizenship. They told me either American or German.

It is the US side which has problems with dual citizenship unless you are born to it.

Canada has no requirement to give up citizenship.

eg: I'm dual UK/CAN. My son is US/CAN (by Birth) and wife is US/CAN (US->CAN). If I went to the US and went for citizenship, I would lose my UK.

The US has never had problems with dual citizenship, at least not since WW2. They just don't encourage it, that's all. Canada has also been very liberal with citizenship laws since the 1970s.

Whether you have to give up your old nationality if you naturalize in Canada or the US is entirely up to the old country's laws. In Thor's case, Germany just requires permission to retain German nationality if such an event occurs and he seems to have got that permission.

Read up on German nationality law on wikipedia. Native-born Germans don't lose German nationality if they naturalize in another EU country. If they naturalize outside the EU, and that country permits multiple citizenship, they just need permission and that may or may not be granted depending on circumstances.

I just checked on my German Embassy's web page and it states that if a geman national applies for a foreign nationality, he automatically renounces his German citizenship.
I would like to apply for American citizenship also, but I will not renounce my German nationality.
I'm glad he did it, don't get me wrong, but I don't understand how he did it, because German law prevents it.

Good for him he deserves it for keeping Canadian tech relevant blackberry 10 is the best period. Posted via my newly upgraded zed10 on Bell (actually northern tel mobility)

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I have been legally resident for 12 years. I have not given up on my British citizenship because At the time I was advised that it was not recommended to have dual citizenship. Anyway congratulations Thor!

Posted via CB10 on my Z10 baby!!

There's no reason not to become a Canadian citizen if you have EU nationality. If taxes are a concern, Canada does not tax citizens living outside the country if those citizens don't maintain a Canadian residence in their name.

If anything, naturalizing as a Canadian citizen makes it MUCH easier to enter the US, especially for day trips by land. During the four years I was a permanent resident without citizenship, I always had to exit the car and spend a few hours in the immigration building when driving across the border. After naturalizing, I can simply flash my Canadian passport and drive past the booth without any trouble.

But the ultimate reason to get Canadian citizenship is that you can truly feel you belong here :)

That's awesome!
On a side note, you can tell Kevin is excited about CrackBerry10 and the CB10 app. He's been really active with the comments!

Or maybe he's just so awesome with the BB10 keyboard that he has extra time to comment.

When is our Podcast coming... been waiting (patiently).

Do not need to be a Canadian citizen to access health services in Canada; even refugee claimants who do not actually have any status in the country access health care in Canada.

Only difference between a Permanent Resident and a Citizen is the ability to hold a Canadian passport, run for office and vote.

Thor for PM?

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Im going to write a song for him and record a video and do one third in english, one third in french and one third in german. Welcome to Canada Thor. We need people like You here!! and by people like you, I mean smart people.

Just saw him ön the business news. Btw just out from ten Day hospital statistik för ruptured appendix
And sepsis. I was evaluated within five minutes, cat scanned, and operated ön within a couple of hours.
Grateful for the lite saving measures and our health system. As a side note, the government may be soon
Permitting commonwealth passports as well as European Union work permits for us all.

Congratulations Mr. Heins for becoming a citizen of one of the greatest countries on our planet. I wish you and BlackBerry great success in the future

Welcome to the True, North Strong and Free! We are glad too have you as a part of our small (population) but amazing Country... Rooting for BlackBerry's continued rebirth and success!

Germany shouldn't give up guys like him... in fact with his talents, they should keep and convince him to use his talents and skills to help Germany economy e.g. reviving Siemens...

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Congrats!!!
Now let's hear some Canadian dialect with a German accent. :)

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The new blackberry really is the best ever. Congratulations and thanks for bringing us the best phone ever out of thin air!

BlackBerry for life.

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