Alexander blasts opposition as immigration bill goes to second reading

“It is shameful that activist immigration lawyers, who never miss an opportunity to criticize our government’s citizenship and immigration reforms, are attempting to drum up business by promoting the interests of convicted terrorists and serious criminals over the safety and security of Canadians.”

Bill C-24, called the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act, proposes a series of reforms to Canada’s immigration system. It was slated to go to second reading — essentially agreement in principle — later Wednesday.

Under the proposed changes, citizenship can be revoked from dual nationals convicted of terrorism, high treason and spying offences, or who take up arms against Canada. As well, permanent residents who commit these acts will be barred from applying for citizenship.