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Repeal provision of Bill C-24 stating that Canadian citizenship can be revoked after being convicted of treason or of an act of terrorism in Canada or abroad.

News September 28, 2015
Jun 2017

An Act to amend the Citizenship Act and to make consequential amendments to another Act

Parliament of Canada June 19, 2017

On June 19, 2017, Royal Assent was given to Bill C-6, which repeals changes made in 2014 by Bill C-24 with regards to citizenship revocation.

Oct 2016

McCallum expresses hope to amend law that allows citizenship to be revoked with no hearing

Toronto Star October 04, 2016

Immigration Minister John McCallum wants the Senate to come to the aid of Canadians who are being stripped of their citizenship without a hearing.

Independent Sen. Ratna Omidvar, who is sponsoring another citizenship-related bill in the upper house, is planning an amendment that would allow those deemed to have misrepresented themselves to appeal a decision to revoke their citizenship.

The Liberal government chose not to deal with the provision in Bill C-6, which repeals other aspects of the Conservatives’ citizenship regime, including a provision empowering the government to revoke the citizenship of dual nationals who are convicted of high treason or terrorism.

Feb 2016

Ottawa reverses course of Canada's 'easier to lose, harder to get' citizenship

Toronto Star February 25, 2016

The Liberal government has introduced new legislation to remove barriers to citizenship erected by its Conservatives predecessors while retaining and extending officials' authority to deal with fraud.

The changes, expected to be implemented later this year, will provide greater flexibility for applicants trying to meet the requirements for citizenship and help immigrants become full-fledged Canadian citizens sooner, said Immigration Minister John McCallum.

The government will also fulfil another campaign promise by repealing the controversial provisions introduced by the Tories in May that allowed authorities to remove citizenship from dual citizens for “acts against the national interest,” including terrorism or treason.