Late last month I had the privilege of speaking before the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration at Parliament. The focus of my presentation was on Bill C-6, and I both what I felt was missing from the Bill, as well as what I disagreed with within the Bill.
First, I spoke about the lack of acknowledgement of recommendation 94 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. This recommendations was to have new Canadian citizens vow to respect the laws of Canada, and included in that, Canada’s treaties with indigenous peoples.
Second, I spoke about the recent “hot issue” of revoking citizenship from individuals convicted of acts of terror. It was my recommendation that the law remains in place, but that it is done so in a manner that reflects the protections provided to anyone convicted of a crime in Canada.
*This blog was co-written by Leanne Verreault, immigration legal assistant.