Liberal government program to scrap two-tier citizenship

Liberal government program to scrap two-tier citizenship

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Minister John McCallum mentioned that he’ll soon cancel the government’s ability to strip people of Canadian citizenship; however, he didn’t indicate any specific date. The former Conservative government passed Bill C-24, the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act. This act allows citizenship to be revoked if a Canadian born in another country is convicted of terrorism. McCallum said that terrorists with Canadian citizenship should be sent to jail.

John McCallum also said that he won’t wait for a legal challenge to wind its way through the courts before eliminating two-tier citizenship. In August, the B.C. Civil Liberties Association and Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers filed documents in court, alleging that the provision is unconstitutional. “Bill C-24 is anti-immigrant, anti-Canadian, and antidemocratic,” BCCLA executive director said in a news release last summer. “It undermines—quite literally—what it means to be Canadian.”

Even though this decision may face an opposition from conservatives, John McCallum is certain eliminating two-tier citizenship. It seems we should expect more changes from the new liberal government in the future. 

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