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Bill kills two-tier citizenship

The passage of Bill C-6 marks the end of two-tier Canadian citizenship, says Toronto immigration lawyer Robin Seligman.

The bill, which received Royal Assent in June, reverses a number of controversial changes made to the Citizenship Act over the last decade during former prime minister Stephen Harper's time in office. 

Seligman, principal at immigration law boutique Seligman Professional Corporation, says one of the key changes involves the repeal of the federal government’s ability to strip Canadian citizenship from dual citizens convicted of offences relating to national security, including terrorism, treason or spying. This could occur if they obtained their Canadian citizenship legally, or even if they were born in Canada with dual citizenship from another country.

Peter Baraian