Passport Canada's PPTC 132 E (2013.08) @
Torrent file? Maybe eventually...
Canada's "web police" are having a tough time eradicating a rogue
application form from the Internet. And the main culprit in the Case of the
Forbidden Form is the Canadian government itself.
Canada abruptly cuts online service
The passport agency considers the blank form a potential security risk and
insists that anyone who wants to fill one out must appear at an office to
request a copy in person. But the forbidden form has become readily
available on the Internet, despite the best efforts of Passport Canada to
keep all copies under lock and key. And the primary source of the online
leak is the federal Foreign Affairs Department, which has helpfully posted
it to several government of Canada websites.
The bizarre tug-of-war is over form PPTC 132, used by people who want to
apply for a passport but can't find anyone to act as a guarantor in vouching
for their identity. Typically, Canadians who are overseas and need a
passport require the form, which allows them to make their own declaration
A Canmore, Alberta consultant who has worked abroad -- had trouble obtaining
the form so as a service to other Canadians posted a blank copy on his
website in 2008.
Passport Canada soon warned him to remove the posting. "Taking into account
. . . legal and security considerations, Passport Canada policy limits the
use of the form PPTC 132 ... to applicants who have demonstrated to a
passport officer in person that they are unable to fulfill the guarantor
requirement," agency CEO Gerald Cossette wrote to Enns last fall.
"Posting the form online would lessen control over access to these forms and
could lead to abuse or higher volume of applications being rejected for
Enns complied by providing links on his web page to several Foreign Affairs
websites that allow the form to be quickly downloaded.
Foreign Affairs is the parent department for Passport Canada.
Cossette, who has since left the agency, informed Enns last October that
Foreign Affairs had been advised to remove all the forbidden forms from its
website. But six months later, the online versions are still freely
available on several government of Canada sites.
"One hand of government doesn't seem to know what the other hand is doing,"
says Enns, who adds that his web page gets more than 500 visits a month from
people in over 40 countries.
About 177 of those visits have come from government of Canada computers, a
level that spiked once Enns was warned off posting the form.
"It's not . . . a very successful crackdown. It's ridiculous."
Some members of Parliament, including Speaker Peter Milliken, also say on
their websites that they will send the form directly to constituents.
A spokesman for the passport office called the form a "last resort" for
people who can't find a guarantor.
"Because it's a last resort, we're not making the form readily available,"
Fabien Lengelle said in an interview.
Lengelle added that Passport Canada has been in touch with webmasters at
Foreign Affairs. "We've asked our colleagues to remove that file from
websites, and we have been successful in some cases but in some we haven't."
Enns said the absurdity of the situation prompted him to act.
"The word `activist' is the last one I'd use to describe myself," he said.
"I'm just somebody that got frustrated with the inane nature of the process
and did something about it."
Earlier this month, the agency shut down its online application service,
begun in 2004, in favor of a downloadable form that applicants must take to
a passport office. Officials said the new form was more "convenient" for
There are about 17 million passports currently in circulation, and Passport
Canada expects to issue about 5.3 million this year as Canadians gear up for
tougher rules at the U.S. border starting June 1.
Notes about corruption at the Passport
Canada facility in Gateneau Quebec (2014)
It is now standard procedure for lower level Passport Canada staff in
Gatenau to demand bribes so as to allow one's passport to be processed.
The Passport Integrity Office at the same facility is essentially doing
nothing about it. Unless you pay off a lower level employee via Interac,
your passport may sit in limbo for 3 or more months. The Interac
transactions go to Quebec and Ontario paper company entities that are owned
and run by Passport Canada Gatineau staff.
Several global security intelligence agencies may already have taken
advantage of the system of bribery and bakeesh at the Gatineau office.
It is common knowledge in Canberra and Wellington that one Middle Eastern
nation (that does not have Arabic as an official language) may already have
500 or more people operating in Canada with Canadian passports and Proof of
Canadian Citizenship documents. None of these people have any parents or
even grandparents that were even born in North America. It is rumored that
Hydrogen Bombs may be involved, and that Ottawa may even have a local one.
The Grantor System may have been a good idea 40 or 50 years ago, but now it
is nothing more than a cesspit for unlimited corruption -- at least as far
as the centralized Gateneau Passport Application Office is concerned.
Canada's Diplomats, Government Officials and Military personnel are (more or
less) totally exempt from the Grantor System.
Why would these ruling elites be exempt from the grantor system? Because the
Grantor system is corrupt to its vary core.
The Grantor system does not prove anyone's identity or credentials, only
standard investigation techniques can do this.
It takes an overall collective body of evidence to prove someone is not
someone else, not an unthinking regulation that forces someone else (who is
bribeable) to do it. Having a guarantor (or not) makes the passport no more
(nor less) complete when it comes to proving someone's identity.
The Gurantor System only guarantees that Passport Canada staff (that are too
poor, or too poorly connected to handle diplomatic or military applications)
can demand and accept unlimited bribes from whatever person or agency is
willing to pay them.
All the Passport Offices in the Greater Ottawa region need to be
investigated for corruption, as all of the Passport operations there are