During a testimony to the Senate social affairs committee, Minister of Immigration Ahmed Hussen defended Bill C-6 which will, among other things, remove the grounds for revocation of Canadian citizenship from dual nationals convicted for treason or terrorism offences.
The Bill, called “An Act to amend the Citizenship Act” and introduced by the Liberals in 2016, mostly reverses changes made under the previous Conservative government’s Bill C-24, which took effect in 2015.
Bill C-24 gave the federal government authority to revoke Canadian citizenship from dual citizens in cases of conviction for terrorism, treason, or engagement in an armed conflict against Canada, regardless of whether they were born in Canada or not.
In a lead-up to the last federal elections, the Liberal Party vowed to repeal the changes made by the Conservatives, arguing that Bill C-24 divides Canadians into two classes, in which dual nationals are at risk of losing their Canadian citizenship if they are convicted of serious crimes.
Bill C-6 will still allow for revocation of citizenship in cases of misrepresentation by immigrants while applying for permanent residence status in Canada, but convicted terrorists will be spared.
During the election campaign Trudeau used the expression a “Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian” to bash the Harper policy for what he called creating second-class citizens whose citizenship is constantly threatened.
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