The Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act, like many recent
Canadian government bills, is a complete misnomer the Act does not
strengthen Canadian citizenship but rather weakens it.
The changes to citizenship requirements continue to push
citizenship beyond the reach of many individuals. For instance, the
prior legislation allowed persons to qualify for citizenship on the
basis of qualitative residence, but the new Act will now restrict
residence to physical presence only. Furthermore, four years of
residency will be required instead of three. The new Act will also
no longer count time spent in Canada as a temporary resident
towards the residency requirement. Only time spent as a permanent
resident will count.
Although the government appears to want to limit access to
citizenship for persons who become "Canadianized" through
rubbing elbows with Canadians here, the amendments will also
exclude many who are arguably equally deserving of citizenship,
such as an executive of a Canadian company or employee of an NGO
who must travel abroad regularly for work, or persons who have
studied and worked in Canada for several years prior to becoming a
permanent resident. The new legislation trivializes the
contributions these persons make to Canada and to our
Other aspects of the Act completely revamp the nature and
meaning of citizenship. The Minister has been granted powers to
revoke citizenship from and effectively banish dualnationals who
commit certain crimes, without granting them an oral hearing, and
with limited grounds for review in the courts. This puts Canada on
a potentially slippery slope towards broadening revocation
provisions to other grounds in the future. New applicants must also
"intend" to continue to reside here. Those who leave for
good reason for extended periods after acquiring citizenship could
be at grave risk of subsequently losing their citizenship. Both
changes effectively create two tiers of citizens.
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