Ian Moo-Young thought he would be a good brand-new citizen by informing either federal citizenship minister Diane Finley or his MPP about two misspellings in his welcome-to-Canada papers.
It's been nearly a month and he still hasn't gotten through to them.
Moo-Young, an award-winning animator and TV film director, put on his best suit for his June 17 swearing-in ceremony at Scarborough Town Centre.
"It was very sweet, there was a woman who spoke in an extraordinarily exuberant way, giving us our instructions," he said yesterday.
"We received a whole stack of stuff about Canada, and a flag we could wave and the words to the anthem, which we sang. And this greeting from the minister."
The message from Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Diane Finley, tucked in a small keepsake folder, starts off: "Today marks a milestone in your life. Today you become a Canadian."
It was the fourth paragraph that gave Moo-Young pause. It read: "Our success is routed (sic) in our devotion to out (sic) founding values, freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law."
The two mistakes bothered him. "I thought it would be quite easy to ring someone and mention it. Who knows how many of these have gone out?"
However, repeated calls to the Citizenship and Immigration number in the phone book never got through and his call to his MPP, Gerry Phillips, never got returned.
On Friday, after being contacted by the Star, Immigration spokesperson Karen Shadd said, "It will be corrected immediately."
Moo-Young, a native Jamaican who also has U.K. citizenship, married a Canadian and moved here in 2004 because "I'd met many Canadians and was impressed by them."
He still is, sort of. "Now that I'm a citizen, I want to put this right."