Immigration minister Ahmed Hussen responds to a question during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, May 31, 2017.
Bill C-6 was designed to repeal many of the previous Conservative government’s changes to how people become citizens – and how they can lose that status.
Among other things, the legislation repeals a provision that strips dual citizens of their Canadian status if convicted of terrorism, treason or espionage.
But far more people lose their citizenship because it was obtained fraudulently and current law gives them no right to appeal, something not addressed in the Liberals’ original bill.
Thrilled 2 see Bill C-6 pass in the Senate Protecting your citizenship is our number 1 priority. A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian— Ahmed Hussen (@AhmedDHussen) June 15, 2017
The Senate proposed adding such an appeal and the Liberals agreed to that and several other amendments late last week.
The bill went back to the Senate and after a brief debate, passed by a vote of 51-29.
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