Tuesday October 4, 2016
| Toronto Star
McCallum expresses hope to amend law that allows citizenship to be revoked with no hearing
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.
Thursday February 25, 2016
| Toronto Star
Ottawa reverses course of Canada's 'easier to lose, harder to get' citizenship
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.