Bill C-24 was brought forward by the conservative government of
Stephen Harper in 2014 and imposed a language requirement to all
new immigrants that wanted to become a Canadian citizen. However,
the Liberals and John McCallum, the Immigration Minister, plan to
radically modify the Citizenship Act in the upcoming weeks.
According to the Liberal MPs, being able to speak both English
and/or French is important. However, language requirements deprive
potential immigrants from being implicated in the political
process. Some immigrants do not learn the language for various
reasons such as parents or grandparents who arrive to the country
through the sponsorship program and, due to age, have a very
difficult time learning a language they have never spoken before.
Furthermore, immigrants tend to find a few jobs to be able to
provide for their family and, therefore, don't have time to
learn a new language.
Being a Canadian citizen offers advantages over permanent
residence such as the right to vote, run for office, bear a
Canadian passport and receive consular assistance when travelling
abroad. Immigrants are a big part of Canada since 33 federal
ridings have a large minority population, in some cases exceeding
50% of the electorate.
Before Stephen Harper's conservative government introduced
the Citizenship Act, language proficiency was not a requirement.
Candidates between the ages of 18 and 54 had to pass a knowledge
test comprising of multiple choice questions about their knowledge
of Canada either in French or English. Applicants over 54 years old
would not be required to write a knowledge test.
However, in 2014, the Conservative government passed bill C-24
requiring candidates aged between 14 and 64 to prove their
knowledge of French and/or English and pass the knowledge test
about Canada. Bill C-24 also allowed the government to revoke the
Canadian citizenship to dual citizens if they were convicted of
terrorism related acts.
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