Canada is all about diversity. Many Canadians were born in other countries or are citizens of other countries because of their family history – and all of us are 100% Canadian.
But the changes made to Canadian law by Bill C-24 will shatter a core principle of Canadian citizenship – that all Canadians have equal rights. This new law makes second-class citizens out of every Canadian who’s born elsewhere or who is a dual citizen.
In Canada, lawfully-obtained citizenship has always been permanent. Once a Canadian, always a Canadian. Now the government is making Canadian citizenship less secure. This turns the whole idea of being Canadian upside-down, so that the Canadian citizenship of some people will be worth less than the Canadian citizenship of others.
Citizenship is supposed to mean something. Taking rights away from Canadians because of where they were born, or where their families come from? That’s un-Canadian. We need to repeal this second-class Canadian law.
For example, new Canadians who were born in another country could be at risk of losing their Canadian citizenship if they move overseas to be with a loved one, to take a job, or to go to school. Meanwhile, other Canadians have the right to do all of those things, without any risk. No matter where our families come from, a Canadian is a Canadian, and we all deserve the same rights that come with being a Canadian citizen. That’s why this law needs to be stopped.
The government wants the power to eliminate a person’s Canadian citizenship without even having to go to court to get a judge’s order. This means that Canadians will be vulnerable to faceless government bureaucrats abusing their power. That’s not how democracy is supposed to work.
In this country, no Canadian deserves fewer rights than any other.Every Canadian citizen should have the same rights and freedoms – no matter where they or their parents or grandparents were born.
That’s why I’m asking you to sign this petition right now, and stand up for equal citizenship for all Canadians.