Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Sometimes in a meeting I would joke on a legal question that I'm not a lawyer and I don't even play one on TV. I think I'll start by saying that I am not the minister and I am not going to play him on TV.
I do have a few opening remarks. These aren't his. Perhaps it would be helpful for the committee if I give a quick overview of what's in Bill C-6 and highlight some of the key elements of Bill C-6, the changes to the Citizenship Act.
The first is repealing the national interest grounds for citizenship revocation. These are legislative changes that came into effect in May 2015, which created new grounds for citizenship revocation that allowed citizenship to be taken away from dual citizens for certain acts against the national interest of Canada. This bill repeals those provisions.
This bill also repeals the “intent to reside” provision. Since June 2015, adult applicants must declare on their citizenship applications that they intend to continue to reside in Canada. Bill C-6 repeals that provision.
Other things in Bill C-6 include reducing the length of time someone must be physically present in Canada to qualify for citizenship. To use the vernacular, we've gone from four of six years to three of five years. To be more precise, the time required to be spent in Canada for citizenship for adults goes to three years, or 1,095 days, from the former or current 1,460 days.
I will stop now, Mr. Chair.