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NDP question timing of Conservative government decision to revoke citizenship

TORONTO — The New Democrats are questioning the timing of a Conservative government decision to revoke the Canadian citizenship of a convicted terrorist.

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

Mulcair has said an NDP government would repeal the contentious law, which allows the federal government to remove the citizenship of Canadian dual citizens found guilty of terrorism.

The law was applied for the first time last week when the government revoked the citizenship of a member of the so-called Toronto 18 terrorist group.

Islamic extremist Zakaria Amara was sentenced in 2010 to life in prison after masterminding a plot to bomb downtown Toronto.

The Strengthening Citizenship Act passed last year but its revocation provisions only came into effect in June.

The Canadian Press

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