Decision Maker Response

Tom Mulcair’s response

Oct 15, 2015 — Thank you for signing the petition regarding Bill C-24 and its harmful changes to citizenship.

The NDP fought this bill tooth and nail in Parliament. Many experts testified that the bill was likely unconstitutional and violated Canada’s international legal obligations, including the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers, and Amnesty International. The Conservatives insisted on ramming this bill through Parliament and the bill is now the subject of a court challenge.

New Democrats believe that Canadian citizenship is a right. We oppose Stephen Harper’s creation of two-tier citizenship, with different rights for Canadian-born, naturalized or dual citizens. A Canadian is a Canadian, and every Canadian should be entitled to equal treatment from the Canadian government. That’s why an NDP government will repeal Stephen Harper’s harmful, unconstitutional changes to citizenship laws.

Stephen Harper has chosen to adopt a divisive approach for the sake of his own partisan gain. You can count on New Democrats to defend the rights of all Canadians and to work together to build a better future for all of us.

More details on our plan can be found by visiting:

Best regards,
Tom Mulcair
Leader, New Democratic Party of Canada