Paul Watson Blames Harper For Revoking His Passport

It took Paul Watson, the founder of the Sea Shepherd Society and whose efforts to stop whaling range from the violent to the (possibly) fraudulent, three years to bring this to light:

Paul Watson, a Canadian environmentalist and star of a reality television show, says Canada has effectively barred him from returning to the country since his passport was seized three years ago by German authorities.

Watson, founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society whose boats have been involved in high seas confrontations, said he believes the decision was driven by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s dislike of environmentalists. He said it was unlikely that a low-level bureaucrat would have unilaterally decided to confiscate his passport.

Watson initially made the claim in a Facebook posting on June 6.

The Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Department said it was not immediately able to answer questions about the case.

Watson, 64, who holds both U.S. and Canadian citizenship, had both passports seized by German authorities in 2012 after they detained him on warrants from Japan and Costa Rica.

German authorities later gave the passports to local U.S. and Canadian missions in Germany. But while the Americans returned his passport, he said the Canadian consulate in Frankfurt held onto his Canadian passport and officials declined to explain why they could not return it.

“They’re just basically stonewalling me on this,” Watson said in a telephone interview with Reuters. Watson said he was in Paris and has been there since July 2014.

Watson, whose organization is featured on the reality television show “Whale Wars,” said he has not been able to return to Canada because he is required to show his Canadian passport to return to the country. He said he has not attempted to return to Canada because he believes he would be turned away at the border.

“I have a lot of family in Canada right across the country,” Watson said. “I just find it incredible that as a Canadian citizen, I can’t return to my own country – the country I was born in – without any explanation given to me as to why.”

On his Facebook page, Watson, an early member of Greenpeace, accused Harper of being personally responsible for taking his passport. But when asked about this claim, Watson said he did not have direct evidence.


  • Pathetic- not even worthy of an exclamation point- just pathetic.

  • Blacksmith

    He may need to loosen his tinfoil hat, I think it might be cutting off the circulation to his brain cell.

    • terrence

      …cutting off the circulation to his one and ONLY teeny-weeny, infinitesimally small brain cell…

      • Maggat

        One brain cell does not require a lot of blood.

  • pettifog

    He says he can’t return to Canada? Hmm, why can’t he just use his U.S. passport?

    • terrence

      He needs to show his Canadian passport. I know people who have multiple passports and they can only enter Canada with their Canadian passport.

      My son, who was born in Canada, has an Italian passport and a Canadian one – he must use the Canadian one to get into Canada. He got an Italian passport because his maternal grandmother was Italian (Italian citizenship flows through the mother).

  • T.C.

    Next thing you know he’ll be whining about how Canada won’t return passports to Islamic State terrorists returning from Syria…

  • cmh

    the germans are using his passport as a counterfeit template. likely sold to the highest bidder.

  • Exile1981

    He’s lucky he wasn’t charged. Dual cutizens can only have 1 passport. The fact he had 2 makes him a criminal. So Canada not returning his passport when they know he has a US one as well shows common sense on someones part.

    When you apply for a passport the always ask if you have one from another nation. So he lied as usual. Now he’s mad he got caught?

    • Frances

      How is having passports from both countries of which one is a citizen a criminal act? Know quite a few Canadians who also have passports from their “home countries”, particularly if said countries are in the E U. Makes travelling around Europe super easy.

      • Alain

        It isn’t a criminal act in Canada.

        • Exile1981

          It is if you are travelling with both.

          • terrence

            No it is not – I know many people with dual citizenships who ALWAYS travel with both, especially if they are going to Europe.

          • Maggat

            During the 80s I always carried both of my passports. It did, on a couple occasions, make things a bit simpler.

          • Exile1981

            I’m willing to admit i could be wrong. I was told by a border guard at customs that you can’t travel with multiple passports.

          • El Martyachi

            I get a kick out of border guards still pretending there’s border controls beyond tax collection.

      • I have two passports. I mean, I’ve misplaced one of them (yes, I’m crap), but in theory I have two passports.

    • Alain

      I assume you are talking about American passports, because I do not recall such a question when applying for my Canadian passport. I am also unaware of any law in Canada forbidding one to have two passports when one has dual citizenship. However when travelling abroad, again from my understanding, you are only allowed to travel with one of the two, not both at the same time. For the rest I agree with you.

      • Exile1981

        US passports applications say can’t have a second passport.

  • WalterBannon

    passports are not a right

  • Maggat

    My heart bleeds for him, pure piss.

  • Gaian

    This article was posted by the Japanese trash which Paul Watson’s group has fought against to stop illegal whaling. Osumashi is a flailing pig. I have met Watson and he is no looney, and has done more to uphold the law of the seas than any of the brain-dead Canadians posting retarded comments below.