MPs continue their pre-study of the government’s proposed changes to the Citizenship Act (C-24).
Elke Winter and Patti Tamara Lenard, both professors from the University of Ottawa discuss the psychological and cultural benefits of obtaining citizenship prior to integrating in to a new society, rather than the status being issued later, as a perceived reward. Asif Khan, from Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Canada discusses his organization’s support for the bill, but does feel the it falls short when addressing the permanent residency applications of potential extremists that may pose a risk to Canada. Pre-PR Time Counts representatives, Taisia Shcherbakova and Maria Smirnoff discuss some changes proposed in the bill that will diminish contributions from foreign workers and international students and favour immigrants without Canadian experience. Bikram Lamba of the National Forum for Civic Action expresses the need to ensure that potential citizens are proficient in one of Canada’s official languages. Former diplomat James Bissett expresses his support of the bill, especially the proposed amendment that would allow the removal of citizenship from any person who commits treason or acts of terror. (May 7, 2014) UPDATE: Bill C-24 received royal assent on June 19. UPDATE: Bill C-24 received royal assent on June 19.