An Act to amend the Citizenship Act and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (granting and revoking of citizenship)

Sponsor

Jenny Kwan  NDP

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)

Status

Introduced, as of Dec. 14, 2016

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Summary

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This enactment amends the Citizenship Act to, among other things,

(a) permit certain persons who lost their Canadian citizenship for a specified reason to regain citizenship;

(b) allow a person to acquire Canadian citizenship despite being born outside Canada to a Canadian parent who was born outside Canada if the person establishes that the parent has or had a substantial connection to Canada;

(c) provide for a hearing by the Immigration Appeal Division before a person’s citizenship may be revoked for false representation or fraud or for knowingly concealing material circumstances;

(d) limit the period for which the Minister may suspend the processing of an application for citizenship;

(e) provide that the prohibition against granting citizenship does not apply in respect of a person who was dealt with under the Youth Criminal Justice Act or would have been if the offence had been committed in Canada; and

(f) clarify that no decision, action or declaration may be made that would render a person stateless.

It also amends the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act to repeal provisions related to inadmissibility and loss of status resulting from the cessation of refugee protection for permanent residents.

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Citizenship ActRoutine Proceedings

December 14th, 2016 / 3:30 p.m.
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NDP

Jenny Kwan NDP Vancouver East, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-333, An Act to amend the Citizenship Act and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (granting and revoking of citizenship).

Mr. Speaker, this legislation seeks to address three issues, one being the Citizenship Act. The bill seeks to restore the procedural fairness for those who are faced with citizenship revocation, amendments that I tabled at committee that unfortunately did not pass. I am hopeful that they will get through by way of this private member's bill.

The other two aspects of the bill deal with the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. One is on cessation, particularly for refugees who have had cessation of status as a result of travelling back to their country of origin. This is egregious and should be fixed.

Last but not least, due to a series of archaic laws over the years a number of Canadians have found themselves without their Canadian citizenship after many years. That should not be the case. Prior to the 150th anniversary of this country, we need to restore citizenship to those who have lost it because of these archaic laws.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)