Stripping terrorist of citizenship, then and now

A few months ago the former PM Harper proposed the following.

The policy of stripping Canadian citizenship from those convicted of terrorist crimes and associated offences is a standard affront to international laws and tends to sit uncomfortably with domestic laws as well. But it fits in well within this economy of manufactured fear.

Apologists for it have come out everywhere, and Harper can count on substantive legal opinion to back his claim. If you can have citizenship removed in circumstances of fraud, you can certainly have it pinched off you if you are a convicted terrorist.

This also elicited the following response from the BC Civil Liberties Assocation.

It’s official – second class citizenship goes into effect

Last Friday, part of Bill C-24 went into effect, officially creating a two-tier citizenship system.

Today the French suggested the following.

Hollande said he wanted French law to allow dual nationals to be stripped of their French citizenship if they were convicted of terrorism and dual nationals to be banned from entering France if they presented a “terrorism risk”.

Notice the similarity with the proposed Canadian legislation which according to CBC, the “Conservative-drafted law, known during the legislative process as Bill C-24, strips dual nationals of their citizenship if they are convicted of terrorism or high treason, among other serious offences.” It will be interesting to see how the same pundits respond to this move by the French.

In an earlier post on this blog, it was suggested that fight against Muslim terrorist will only commence when the following condition is met.

When the French intellectuals come to realize the threat that Islam poses.

Once that happens all the apologists and idiots will be brushed aside.

This is the first small step in that shift in thinking. Now that the ‘enlightened and sophisticated’ Europeans are adopting the same ‘discredited’ strategy, will the leftist around the world fall in lockstep?

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Bill Elder

I think we all know how the media party will respond when one of their policies or narratives is proven to be fallible or dangerous – they will double down on their narrative in their contempt for our awareness and black out any information damaging to their narrative – this is now standard operational reflex with Canada’s devolved media.


Actually it has been under the Liberals that people have been stripped of their Canadian citizenship, and for some strange reason there were no outcries of injustice from the media or others. I am not suggesting that it should not have been done, only that this is the standard double standard being applied.

Marion Vermeersch

Actually, my family were stripped of Canadian citizenship some 10+ years ago under the Harper government, as were thousands of others. Same scenario, no court process or forum for appeal: we just found out when my brother (a retired veteran of the Canadian Navy and a police force) applied for a passport. Our crime was that Dad was a WWII soldier in the Canadian armed forces (RCA, 14th Regiment) and Mom was his War Bride. We were born in wartime Britain and joined Dad here in Ontario in 1946. After years of struggling with this, Bill C-24 purported to restore citizenship (I applied but am still waiting to see if I qualify) but at the same time made our children into second class citizens due to our birth in Britain. They are all Canadian born, excellent citizens who have done nothing wrong other than having a parent with British citizenship due to birth there to a parent serving in the military.
I have more or less accepted that I may not be a Canadian again in this lifetime (although I have no memory of Britain and cannot travel out of country now). But I am appalled that the adult children in our family have been demoted to second class citizenship which makes them quite vulnerable to the same treatment we experienced.
I hope the Liberals will indeed repeal Bill C-24 as they promised.

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