Canada's new second-class citizenship laws are anti-democratic, anti-Canadian, and anti-immigrant.
Earlier this summer, part of Bill C-24 went into effect, officially creating a two-tier citizenship system. As a result of this new law, dual citizens and people who have immigrated to Canada can have their citizenship taken away while other Canadians cannot.
Under this law, the only Canadians who can never lose their citizenship are those born in Canada who do not have another nationality (and are not eligible to apply for another nationality). No matter what crimes they may be accused of, these first-class citizens can never have their citizenship taken away. On the other hand,Canadians with another nationality (and those who are eligible to obtain another nationality) now have second-class status, even if they were born in Canada: under Bill C-24, their citizenship can be stripped.
For these reasons and more, the BC Civil Liberties Association and the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers are taking the federal government to court on C-24.
And we need you to stand with us to challenge this unfair law that turns millions of Canadians into second class citizens.
For the last 50 years we have fought to defend human rights, and we know how to win. But we can only do it with your help.
We’re a small team, unaffiliated with any other organization in the country. We exist, and are able to do our work, only because of the generous donations of our supporters.
Our court challenge will be carried out by pro bono counsel working for free because they believe in equal citizenship, but moving forward a case like this still costs tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Your support, big or small, will help us win. Please join us by donating now, and stand up for equal citizenship for all Canadians.