On February 6, 2014 the Harper government introduced C-24 The Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act. This bill, now law of the land, changes core aspects of Canadian citizenship as we know it.
In Canada, citizenship had always been secure. Whether born here or an immigrant, once you were granted Canadian citizenship, you were secure. That is no longer the case. Gone is the Federal Court hearing if citizenship was being questioned. Gone is the appeal process. Now a bureaucrat will decide and inform you by mail, end of story.
New immigrants will have to wait longer before they can apply. Qualifications have been changed that seem to put some at a disadvantage. Application fees have been tripled. Despite organizations who have sponsored immigrants for generations being ready, willing and able to perform their purpose, the government has choked off their ability to do so.
The line between immigrant and refugee has been blurred at best, removed at worst by the Harper government. The world community has no explanation for this step backwards. United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has stated that Canada is regressing at an alarming rate. Why? Well, from 2012 to 2014, some $350 million has been returned to the treasury unspent by the Citizenship and Immigration ministry. Processing time for "Express Entry" employer driven requests average six months. Dependent children overseas is 18 months. Family members overseas is more than 30 months. Basic medical needs such as pre-natal care, heart medication and even insulin is now deemed "excessive" for those caught in the system. Money and fear is once more the motivating sales pitch.
This is a country of immigrants apart from indiginous peoples. How many of our own ancestors would be denied today by this fascist system of the CPC? Is this your Canada? Listen, chat, call in and contribute.
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