Petition update

Citizenship gets its (first) day in court

Josh Paterson; BC Civil Liberties Association; Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers

Oct 20, 2016 — Dear friends,

It's been two and a half years since we started fighting to reverse changes made by Bill C-24, and end second class citizenship in Canada.

Tomorrow, citizenship will get its (first) day in court.

Bill C-24 changed the process for citizenship revocations. Right now, under Bill C-24’s system, a single government official can decide to take away a Canadian’s citizenship.

A person at risk of being stripped of citizenship now has no right to an oral hearing, no right to go before a judge, and no right to even know all of the evidence against them.

Tomorrow, we will be in the Federal Court to argue that all citizenship revocations should be put on pause until the courts consider whether the current process is a violation of the Charter right to a fair hearing.

Learn more here: https://bccla.org/end-second-class-citizenship/

We’ve asked the government time and time again to press pause on these revocations while the courts decide if this process is constitutional, but they have repeatedly declined.

Some people with access to lawyers have been able to halt their proceedings while the court decides whether the process is fair. But many people without lawyers have had their citizenship taken away.

Until the courts decide whether the process is constitutional, it is extremely unjust that some people are able to halt their revocation proceedings while others are not.

That’s why we are going to court tomorrow to challenge this process.

We are working on this issue both on Parliament Hill and in Canada's courts. As we head into court tomorrow, Bill C-6 (the bill that would repeal many — but not all — of the changes made by Bill C-24) makes its way through the senate.

We may have a decision in the hearing tomorrow, so stay tuned to our Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BCCivLib) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/bccla) for the latest information.

Talk soon,
Laura Track, Staff Counsel,
and the BCCLA team


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