Government of Canada now able to revoke citizenship of dual citizens convicted of terrorism – Coming into Force

Clear signal on which cases will be a priority: those tried and convicted in Canada, neatly avoiding some of the foreign judicial process issues raised during C-24 hearings.

But not avoiding, of course, the more fundamental issue of differential treatment for dual citizens compared to Canadian-only citizens:

Measures came into force officially today that enable Canada to revoke citizenship from dual nationals convicted of terrorism, treason and high treason, and/or spying for foreign governments.

Canadian citizenship can now also be revoked from dual citizens for taking up arms against Canada and the Canadian Armed Forces, whether as a member of a foreign army or in non-state terrorist groups like ISIS.

Also officially in force as of today is a new, more streamlined citizenship revocation process.  This new process will help ensure Canada and Canadians are protected, and that revocation decisions can be made quickly, decisively and fairly.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) officials will be implementing these new measures immediately and will prioritize cases that have been tried and convicted here in Canada on at least one of the grave crimes listed above.

Government of Canada now able to revoke citizenship of dual citizens convicted of terrorism


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One Response to Government of Canada now able to revoke citizenship of dual citizens convicted of terrorism – Coming into Force

  1. Marion Vermeersch says:

    I am very disappointed and concerned about revocation from dual citizens and about giving the right to decide on revocation to individual persons.

    Having had my own citizenship stripped for what, I believe, were totally unjustified and, in fact, ridiculous reasons, I do not trust either politicians or the bureaucracy with such power. They can twist anything into a perceived threat, as they did with the 12 reasons used which created the Lost Canadians. Often, in the course of trying to get my citizenship back, | have met people in the offices of CIC and political offices who did not seem to know Canadian history in regards to citizenship or their own laws: they had never heard of the legislation which gave citizenship to families of returning veterans in 1945, or the Legitimization Act which was enacted in 1921. I had persons in positions who should have known better but asked me what a War Bride was, in what year did WWII end and to what was I referring when I used the term Home Child.

    I do not agree that those with dual citizenship should be treated any differently from those with single citizenship: such status does not define one’s sense of responsibility as a citizen of Canada and, in fact, may enhance it. And many more Canadians may be unaware that they have, or could be entitled to, dual citizenship. Rather than appreciate the diversity brought by our immigrants, we are now deemed less worthy of respect than those who were born here with no other citizenship possible.

    Since this appears to be a :”done deal” then I would think there needs to be very much more education of personnel. But I don’t know what could be done to improve the level of trust by our own government in the many Canadians who are dual citizens and not about to cause harm to this country.

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