Immigration Minister defends reinstatement of Canadian citizenship to convicted terrorists

March 3, 2017

by Ilana Shneider
CIJ News

March 3, 2017

During a testimony to the Senate social affairs committee, Minister of Immigration Ahmed Hussen defended Bill C-6 which will, among other things, remove the grounds for revocation of Canadian citizenship from dual nationals convicted for treason or terrorism offences.

The Bill, called “An Act to amend the Citizenship Act” and introduced by the Liberals in 2016, mostly reverses changes made under the previous Conservative government’s Bill C-24, which took effect in 2015.

Bill C-24 gave the federal government authority to revoke Canadian citizenship from dual citizens in cases of conviction for terrorism, treason, or engagement in an armed conflict against Canada, regardless of whether they were born in Canada or not.

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