Bill C-24 Tells Millions of Canadians they are Somehow Less Canadian than Others!

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WHAT does it mean to be Canadian? What kind of Canada do we want? If you’ve tuned into the election coverage lately, you’ll know these aren’t meaningless questions. They’re being hotly debated by our federal party leaders because of a new law that fundamentally changes the answers to those questions.

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Ten Things You Need to Know About the Changes to Canadian Citizenship

 

At the beginning of June, the very nature of Canadian citizenship was altered as a major portion 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.

The response to the implementation of Bill C-24 has been amazing; in the past few weeks since the new provisions came into effect, 50,000 Canadians have signed our petition to repeal the citizenship changes, bringing the number of signatories to almost 95,000!

It’s clear that people really care about this issue, and we’ve received thousands of comments and questions about what the new provisions mean and how they will affect Canadians. We’ve put together this list of frequently asked questions to help. Click on the questions below to skip down to the relevant information.

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It’s official – Second class citizenship goes into effect

 

Last Friday, 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. The government’s press release last week tried to justify this discriminatory law by raising the threat of “jihadi terrorism,” but Bill C-24 could easily be used against non-terrorists—for example, a journalist who is convicted of a “terrorism offence” in another country for reporting on human rights violations by the government.

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Challenging Misinformation: Canadian Citizenship Law Explained

On February 6, 2014, the federal government tabled Bill C-24, introducing sweeping changes to Canada’s citizenship laws.  In our view, this new law will turn Canadian citizenship law upside down, and take away one of the key features of Canadian citizenship: its permanence. The government’s statements in support of Bill C-24 appear to the BCCLA to perpetuate a number of myths and inaccuracies.  

The circulation of these myths and inaccuracies is one of the biggest barriers to understanding the highly problematic effects of this proposed legislation. This blog highlights some of the proposed law’s key provisions in order to to correct the record and provide accurate information. For more detailed information about Bill C-24, please see the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers’ excellent legal primer.

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