Canadian Citizenship

It's Time To End The Stigma Of Immigration In Canada

Bernie Farber | Posted 04.21.2016 | Canada Politics
Bernie Farber

Truthfully, unless you are a member of our indigenous peoples, we are all immigrants, regardless if you gained your citizenship yesterday or 16 generations ago. Historically, immigrants and refugees who adopted Canada as their country of choice contributed to the development of Canada's social, economic and civil fabric.

Feds Still Can't Take Citizenship From Ex-Nazi Death Squad Member

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.23.2016 | Canada

The Federal Court of Appeal ordered the government to take another look at Helmut Oberlander's case.

'I Was A Candidate': Tory Law Made Fahmy Fear Losing Citizenship

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.09.2015 | Canada Politics

"I panicked and I asked the ambassador to bring me the literature - the bill - and I read it in prison."

This Election Is Not About Change - It's About Trust

Ike Awgu | Posted 10.06.2015 | Canada Politics
Ike Awgu

Who do Canadians trust to shepherd our country though what may be a coming turbulence? Our current election sees once more a plethora of "Star candidates" that normal Canadians know nothing about -- and their victory or defeat will have nothing to do with the very little light that these stars emit.

NDP Question Timing Of Tory Government Decision To Revoke Citizenship

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.27.2015 | Canada Politics

Mulcair accused Harper of making the move in the middle of a federal election as a way of "strutting his stuff'' to his right-wing base.

Canada Revokes Citizenship Of Toronto 18 Plotter

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.26.2015 | Canada Politics

"This man hated Canada so much, he planned on murdering hundreds of Canadians. He forfeited his own citizenship."

Canada Revokes Citizenship Of Toronto 18 Ringleader Using Anti-Terror Law

National Post | Stewart Bell, National Post | Posted 09.26.2015 | Canada Politics

The government used its new power to revoke the citizenship of convicted terrorists for the first time on Friday.

Harper's hostile greeting for new Canadians by @Fuhr2015

Retired Maj. Stephen Fuhr | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Politics
Retired Maj. Stephen Fuhr

While Canada Day is usually a time to celebrate the swearing in of new citizens, this year will be the first time that their citizenship will be marked with an asterisk, thanks to Harper's passage of Bill C-24. The new law threatens dual citizens and immigrants to Canada with revocation of their citizenship. Now, citizenship can be revoked by a Citizenship Officer without a live hearing, without opportunity for appeal, without a judge, and for reasons other than a fraudulent application.

Feds Now Have The Power To Revoke Citizenships

CP | Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.29.2015 | Canada Politics

The federal government says it now has the power to revoke the citizenship of some Canadians convicted of terrorism, treason or espionage.

Canadian Dad Threatens To Take Ottawa To Court Over Son's Citizenship

CP | Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - An Ontario father fighting to get his youngest son recognized as a Canadian citizen is now prepared to take the federal government to court ...

Canadian Dad Demands Citizenship For Son Ensnared In Rule Changes

CP | Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.05.2015 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Paul Compton has done exactly what the federal government recommended to get his son recognized as a Canadian citizen, but his problems have...

Happy New Year, Prospective Canadians

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.02.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Resolving to become a Canadian citizen in 2015? It's going to be more expensive.For the second time in a year, the Conservative government ha...

New Canadian Citizenships Double

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.22.2015 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - The federal government says Canada welcomed a record number of new citizens in 2014.Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander say...

Galacti: Feds Have No Right To 'Yank Back' Canadian's Citizenship

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.23.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - A Federal Court judge is considering whether Parliament has the authority to pass a law that could see a Canadian-born terrorist stripped of...

A Canadian Passport Can't Save You From Being Wrongly Accused and Imprisoned

Amy Awad | Posted 08.26.2014 | Canada Politics
Amy Awad

Along with the widely-publicized sentencing of a Canadian journalist in Egypt, several other Canadians are currently being held abroad under dubious circumstances and critics say the Canadian government has repeatedly let them down. "Over the past decade a growing number of Canadian citizens and permanent residents have experienced serious human rights violations in other countries, while imprisoned by governments or held by armed groups," says Amnesty International on its website.

MP Defends Move To Widen Grounds To Strip Citizenship

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.11.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The public thinks it is "absolutely legitimate" to strip dual nationals of their Canadian citizenship if they commit acts of treason, terrori...

It's Time to Celebrate Everyday Political Citizens

Alison Loat | Posted 09.22.2013 | Canada Politics
Alison Loat

Given political goings-on it's no wonder people are checking out of the political world and channelling their energies elsewhere. But imagine if, in the same way we celebrate volunteers, we celebrated people who take the time to be political.

Munira Ravji: Celebrating Canadian Citizenship Beyond Canada Day

Samuel Getachew | Posted 08.30.2013 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

Munira Ravji is an independent strategic consultant and project manager with a focus on diversity and inclusion, civic engagement and leadership. A se...

Canada Should Strip Terrorists of Citizenship

Tahir Gora | Posted 06.03.2013 | Canada Politics
Tahir Gora

Should Canada not worry about acts of terrorism by Canadians occurring in different parts of the world, or hostile sentiments against Canadian armed forces? In the recent case of three Canadians found involved, and two dead, in a gas plant attack in Algeria last January, Canadian passports were used by the culprits to facilitate their free mobility across the globe. MP Devinder Shory's Bill C-425 proposes to strip the citizenship of those Canadians of dual citizenship who engage in acts of war against the Canadian Forces. In the wake of Canadians being involved in terrorist activities in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Mali, Bulgaria, Algeria, Syria and elsewhere, we should act now.

As an Immigrant, Stompin' Tom Connors Made Me Feel Canadian

Samuel Getachew | Posted 05.07.2013 | Canada Music
Samuel Getachew

When I first moved to Canada from Ethiopia via Zambia I was confused and frustrated about my adopted country. I felt lost. Then I discovered Stompin' Tom Connors by accident. Through his music, I learned about Canada and its wonderful and unique Canadian talent. I spent hours listening to the music of Connors and studied the lyrics up close. They touched me and encouraged me to be familiar with the country that I intended to spend my lifetime in. His music became one of many milestones in my life. He made me feel Canadian.

Jason Kenney Owes This Immigrant Family One Big Apology

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 04.02.2013 | Canada Politics
Josh D. Scheinert

Adel Benhmuda is owed an apology from this country, as are his wife, Aisha, and their four children. After living in Canada for several years their refugee claim failed and Benhmuda's assertions that he would be tortured in Libya were dismissed. In 2008 the family was deported. Upon arrival in Libya, Adel was arrested and tortured. What I would like Minister Kenney to do is stand up in the House of Commons, admit that his beloved asylum system made a grave error and most importantly, apologize to the Benhmudas for what their family was forced to go through.

WATCH: American Attempts To Move To Canada After Obama Win

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 11.17.2012 | Canada Politics

One American who vowed to move to Canada after the U.S. election tried to make good on the promise, a (totally satirical) video shows. In a YouTube...

Canada's First Black MP Leaves an Important Legacy

Anthony Morgan | Posted 12.22.2012 | Canada
Anthony Morgan

Our country now mourns the passing of a great Canadian hero, Lincoln Macauley Alexander. He died on Friday October 19th, 2012 at the age of 90. Reading the many tributes to this outstanding Canadian makes it clear that Alexander's exemplary life was lived as an emphatic declaration that blackness and Canadianness can seamlessly exist in synergetic harmony, and that there is a black experience that is inextricably and simultaneously a Canadian experience. Indeed the passing of this legendary black Canadian should encourage us all to live lives that would leave us similarly criticized for our expressed concerns for the lot of the average Canadian, black and otherwise.

The Black Canadian Activist Who Was Never a Citizen

Anthony Morgan | Posted 12.04.2012 | Canada
Anthony Morgan

Canada has lost one of its fiercest, most uncompromising, contentious and passionate pursuers of justice and equality, Mr. Charles Roach. On October 2, Roach passed away after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Of all his pursuits for a fairer and more just society, however, the most controversial of Roach's advocacy efforts was his push, since 1988, to get a Canadian court to recognize that it is a violation of individuals' constitutionally guaranteed freedom of conscience to require prospective Canadians to swear an oath of allegiance to Queen Elizabeth II.

New Language Rules Coming Soon

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.27.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Would-be Canadians will be required to submit tangible proof of how well they speak English or French beginning this November.The new require...