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African Canadian Legal Clinic Informs

Hello,

My name is Anthony Morgan and I am the policy and research lawyer at the African Canadian Legal Clinic (ACLC).

I am writing in regards to Bill C-24, the Strengthening the Value of Canadian Citizenship Act. The Bill is sponsored by the Minister of Immigration, Chris Alexander.

This proposed Bill, introduced in February 2014 and currently under review, would bring sweeping changes to the Citizenship Act with very significant implications for African Canadian citizens and prospective citizens across the country.

The African Canadian community would benefit from much more attention and discussion being brought to this highly controversial law being proposed.

Among the most disturbing elements of the Bill are that it would make more stringent the current residency requirements by mandating a physical residence test.

It would also require applicants to demonstrate that they had the intention to reside in Canada if they were to obtain citizenship.

Perhaps the most problematic feature of the Bill is that it expands the grounds on which Canadian citizenship can be revoked from Canadians.

Thus far, woefully insufficient attention has been paid to this Bill within the general media and most especially within media outlets serving African Canadians.

To learn more about it, please see the following links:

1. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association & Canadian Association of Refugees Lawyers Petition against Bill C-24: www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/hon-chris-alexander-pc-mp-canadian-government-stop-bill-c-24-don-t-turn-millions-of-us-into-second-class-canadian-citizens

2. iPolitics article: 10 things you need to know about the proposed Citizenship Act changes

3. CBC article: Citizenship changes ‘likely unconstitutional,’ lawyers warn

You may also consult the following article for a thorough analysis of the Bill:

“Bill flies under the radar, it shouldn’t” by Andrew Griffith.

Kind regards,

Anthony
Anthony N. Morgan, B.A. (Hons), LL.B., B.C.L.
Policy & Research Lawyer,
African Canadian Legal Clinic
18 King Street East, Suite 901
Toronto ON M5C 1C4

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