Dual citizens, immigrants could lose Canadian citizenship under new law

Bill C-24 has turned millions of Canadians into second-class citizens with reduced rights


Web Desk June 07, 2015
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CANADA: Dual citizens and people who have immigrated to Canada can have their citizenship taken away, according to a new bill that went into effect last week in Canada.

The Canadian government has justified creating a two-tier citizenship system by saying it would counter the threat of "jihadi terrorism."

The C-24 Bill could also easily be used against non-terrorists -- for example a journalist who is convicted of a “terrorism offence” in another country for reporting on human rights violations by the government.

Under this law, the only Canadians who can never lose their citizenship are those born in the country and who do not have another nationality (and are not eligible to apply for another nationality).

Read: Australia to introduce counter-terrorism citizenship changes

Regardless of the crimes they may be accused of, these first-class citizens can never have their citizenship taken away. Meanwhile, Canadians with another nationality (and those who are eligible to obtain another nationality) now have second-class status, even if they were born in Canada. They can be stripped of their citizenship under Bill C-24.

Currently, citizenship can be taken away mainly on the basis of crimes that are considered threats to Canada’s national security, like terrorism or espionage, or demonstrations of disloyalty to Canada, like treason.

Legal experts warned, however, that the list of offences could lead to the removal of citizenship may be expanded in the future. Additionally, Bill C-24 punishes criminal activity with exile.

Further, the Canadian government seems to think that removing the judge improves the process, but it is argued that this makes the process unfair and likely unconstitutional.

The new Bill C-24 has turned millions of Canadians into second-class citizens with reduced rights and as a result, the value of Canadian citizenship has been reduced.

This article originally appeared on BCCLA

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COMMENTS (69)

Adumb | 5 years ago | Reply Oh yeah Canada :( I was going back to Russia anyways.
Marion Vermeersch | 5 years ago | Reply @cappi Well, no one in my family did anything but live according to the laws of the land and we did not worry because who would have thought that would ever happen. Our citizenship was unexpectedly stripped after 60+ years of working, paying taxes, contributing etc. . I have been told through the last 11 years that my father could not have qualified as a citizen because he was out of the country for 5 years prior to 1947, serving in WWII. And others lost theirs for equally stupid reasons, i.e. being born on a military base overseas, not filling out a reaffirmation form before your 28th birthday, a form no one ever heard of, etc. Now my children are second class citizens in the country in which they were born and have lived their lives. There is no way to allow graduation to first class, either, as you cannot rewrite your family history. My daughter has spent time abroad, working for a year, studying on an exchange to do with her medical profession and volunteering in Africa for a time with children with AIDS: she will be restricted if she wants to do things like that now. I feel I am taking a practical view on this myself: what is practical about curtailing positive experiences of your citizens and taking citizenship from perfectly good citizens who might otherwise have supported the government.
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