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“This law created two classes of Canadians,” Immigration Minister John McCallum told a press conference. “We believe very strongly that there should be only one class of Canadians, that all Canadians are equal, that a Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian.”

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“This law created two classes of Canadians,” Immigration Minister John McCallum told a press conference. “We believe very strongly that there should be only one class of Canadians, that all Canadians are equal, that a Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian.”

If all Canadians are supposed to be equal, they should all be allowed only one passport.

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If all Canadians are supposed to be equal, they should all be allowed only one passport.

CAnada is not Japan. Even South Korea has gotten rid of that stupid rule.

“We do not need to create two classes of citizenship in order to deal with those who are convicted of criminal offenses,” he said

Exactly. Well done Justin! You are on your way to becoming a wonderful PM. My hat off to you sir.

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Good. These populist laws are ridiculous in theory and in practice.

In addition to being discriminatory, if one of your citizens is a terrorist you have a responsibility to bring them home and lock them up, not cut them loose in some third world country of their birth for the rest of the world to deal with. Also, imagine if every country passed a similar law, there would be a mad scramble to quickly cancel everyone's citizenship following a terror attack before the other country beat you to it (since a person cannot be made stateless).

@Bernd Laurent

If all Canadians are supposed to be equal, they should all be allowed only one passport.

Practically speaking, this was already the case since the government never recognised the existence of foreign nationality of dual citizens (until this law went into effect).

Dual nationals cannot request consular assistance if they're arrested and they are required to identify themselves as Canadians when they enter or leave the country.

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So you believe in equality only when it serves you?

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Canada’s Liberal government on Thursday introduced a bill to stop stripping citizenship from dual nationals convicted of TERRORISM and other serious crimes, moving to scuttle a measure introduced by the previous Tory administration.

“This law created two classes of Canadians,” Immigration Minister John McCallum told a press conference.

In Canada, the Tory law that went into effect last May stripped citizenship from dual nationals convicted of crimes such as terrorism, treason or spying.

It has been applied to ONE person: Zakaria Amara, WHO IS ALSO A JORDANIAN NATIONAL, convicted of masterminding a 2006 al-Qaida-inspired plot to bomb the Toronto Stock Exchange, Canada’s spy agency offices and a military base.

Yes, two classes of Canadians. Those who have NOT been convicted of TERRORISM, and the one who has been CONVICTED of TERRORISM.

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that a Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian.”

And a Terrorist, is a Terrorist is a Terrorist . . . why should the Canadian public be "sharply divided" about this law? Just send deport them back to Al-Raqqah. The end.

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Yes, two classes of Canadians. Those who have NOT been convicted of TERRORISM, and the one who has been CONVICTED of TERRORISM.

Terrorist or not, a Canadian is a Canadian. Should all other criminals residing in Canadian prisons have their citizenship revoked?

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Terrorist or not, a Canadian is a Canadian. Should all other criminals residing in Canadian prisons have their citizenship revoked?

A crime is one thing. But an act of terrorism, committed by somebody who applied and acquired "Canadian citizenship", is something different. Dual citizens ought to be grateful that they were accepted into a progressive western-society -not try and blow it up with c-4 and gunfire.

It has been applied to one person: Zakaria Amara, who is also a Jordanian national, convicted of masterminding a 2006 al-Qaida-inspired plot to bomb the Toronto Stock Exchange

A Jordanian national? He was convicted by his host Canadians. Throw the book at him and others like him.

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Seems some folks are equating terrorism to armed robbery, or murder, or rape. It's not, especially when commited by someone that is not originally from your country, and intends to massacre and harm as many of the indigenous people as possible for later conquests.

Treason has a definition, or else it wouldn't exist. Same with terrorism. It's not the same as mass murder, or serial killers. Terrorism has a specific goal.

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Amara grew up in Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Cypress before immigrating to Canada in 1997. A mere nine years later, his group built detonators and acquired explosive materials for large truck bombs that were to be detonated in 2006 near the Toronto Stock Exchange and CN Tower. An Ontario military base was also to be attacked. Prime Minister Trudeau and Immigration Minister John McCallum are poster children for political correctness gone mad. Amara has nothing but contempt for Canada and this weakness by its leaders will only increase his contempt for it.

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I am thinking the Libs have got this one rather wrong.....

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The liberal mindset at work...

Didn't the Canadians just "legalize" pot recently too? (sheesh)

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Right, Mr. Trudeau.... Canada needs all the terrorists it can get. Well, you will have to live with the result of your idiotic PC policiy.

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All Canadians are NOT equal. I have known a couple of wealthy "global citizens" who have gained Canadian passports as a financial hedge and nothing more.

Sorry, they don't deserve the same rights and protections as single nationality Canadians who live there, work there, raise their kids there, pay taxes, or serve in the Canadian military.

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Right, Mr. Trudeau.... Canada needs all the terrorists it can get. Well, you will have to live with the result of your idiotic PC policiy.

I hate PC policy. It's pure nonsense.

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