Citizenship and Immigration – April 28, 2014

In Committee from the House of Commons

Citizenship and Immigration – April 28, 2014

Citizenship Minister Chris Alexander defends the government’s proposed changes to the Citizenship Act. Bill C-24 will make the first comprehensive reforms to the Act since 1977. Measures include changing the citizenship residence requirements, ensuring that applicants aged 14 to 64 meet language and knowledge requirements, and allowing the government to revoke the Canadian citizenship of dual nationals convicted of treason or terrorism or have engaged in armed conflict with Canada. Critics have raised concerns about the constitutionality of some measures. Senior department officials Nicole Girard, Robert Orr, Catrina Tapley, and Mory Afshar also respond to questions. (April 28, 2014) UPDATE: Bill C-24 received royal assent on June 19.