If you have a criminal record, you're SOL. Other than that, no idea why that lawyer was so negative. Hell, the majority of the staff at every mountain I've been to is Oz or Kiwi. I feel like a friggin' minority (plus I can't understand what the hell they're saying
unless you're actually looking for citizenship, we don't have any particular bias for or against any country (except Iran).
Find the nearest Canadian Consulate and do a quick inquiry.