moved for leave to introduce Bill C-503, an act to amend the Citizenship Act.
Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure to introduce a private members' bill, an act to amend the Citizenship Act.
The bill is designed to remedy an injustice in the Canadian Citizenship Act whereby Canadian children, whose parents renounced their Canadian citizenship between 1946 and 1977, automatically lost their Canadian citizenship through no conscious decision of their own.
Regrettably, amendments to the Citizenship Act of 1977 did not make these individuals citizenship retroactive. My bill would make it possible for these individuals to regain their Canadian citizenship without being established as a permanent resident in order to do so.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)