Will a new minister fix Canada’s ideas-free citizenship policy?:

Natalie Brender on the need for a broader review of citizenship policy, given the upcoming modernization of the citizenship act. My expectation is, however, given that recent changes to the citizenship application process (Discover Canada, more difficult test, more rigorous language evaluation, increased fraud prevention) have stressed integrity and meaningfulness, that the act will continue to emphasize meaningfulness, rather than facilitation.

However, that broader discussion on the balance between meaningfulness and facilitation in the context of mobile skilled workers is needed. One of the challenges is how to design policies that provide flexibility for skilled workers while excluding those who are abusing such flexibility with minimal or no attachment to Canada (e.g., expatriates in the Gulf, Lebanese evacuees).

Will a New Minister Fix Canada’s Idea-Free Citizenship Policy

About Andrew
Andrew blogs and tweets public policy issues, particularly the relationship between the political and bureaucratic levels, citizenship and multiculturalism. His latest book, Policy Arrogance or Innocent Bias, recounts his experience as a senior public servant in this area.

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