One of the “hot” topics in Canadian immigration over the last while has been whether or not dual citizens of Canada should be stripped of their Canadian citizenship should they be convicted of treason, espionage and terrorism. Last month, Immigration Minister John McCallum tabled the bill that removes changes made to citizenship laws that were made by the Conservative government.
Here’s the problem with the bill created by the previous government: revoking an individual’s Canadian citizenship does not actually stop them from committing these terrible crimes. In addition, individuals who are accused of these crimes but who do not face trial in the Canadian legal system may actually be wrongfully convicted.
Though I agree that changes should be made to Act, I feel that the revocation of Canadian citizenship should only be used in cases of convictions in Canada as there is no way to ensure that an individual’s rights are protected when they face a trial in another country.
*This blog was co-written by Leanne Verreault, immigration legal assistant.