Canadian national security takes a back seat as the progressive agenda advances with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal party doubling down on its promise to reinstate citizenship for convicted terrorists. Recent Muslim terrorist attacks that shook the heart of Europe have not deterred Trudeau from pushing forward with his left-wing immigration and refugee admission policies.
Legislation passed last year by Stephen Harper’s Conservative party allowed for stripping Canadian citizenship of naturalized citizens on convictions of treason, terrorism or espionage.
Trudeau thought this was just nasty and unacceptable. I mean really, stripping citizenship from convicted terrorists? That’s almost as bad as referring to honor killings as barbaric - something else Trudeau objected to. Accordingly, Trudeau ran his campaign on the promise that he will reinstate full citizenship to these delightful peace lovers who – apart from attempting to blow up highly populated urban areas in efforts to maximize civilian casualties – are in fact friendly Canadians.
Zakaria Amara, a member of the Al-Qaida inspired Toronto 18, was convicted of plotting to detonate bombs at the Toronto Stock Exchange, the CN Tower and an Ontario military base. The Jordanian-born naturalized citizen was the first convicted terrorist have his Canadian citizenship revoked. Trudeau has explicitly said that he would have Amara’s citizenship reinstated.
“A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian,” was a de facto slogan of Trudeau’s prime ministerial campaign, last year.
Former Minister of Citizenship and Immigration took to Twitter to express his disagreement.
The number of years required by foreigners to physically reside within Canada before being eligible to apply for citizenship will also be reduced. Currently, a foreigner must live in Canada for four of the most recent six years. The new bill will lower the residency requirements from three to five years.
The Liberals also plan to reduce the age range within which English or French proficiency is required for citizenship eligibility. Prior to the change, candidates for citizenship require language proficiency between the ages of 14 and 64. Under new regulations, the range will be tightened to between 18 and 54.
Also being loosened are criteria for family reunification, with a raising of the maximum age of dependents from 19 to 22, advantages for immigrants with siblings within Canada under the Express Entry system, and doubling the intake cap on parents and grandparents.
Given Trudeau’s ongoing progress in bringing 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada, the aforementioned changes are complementary. There will likely be poor assimilation of many immigrants and refugees in Canada, and many will likely have poorly developed English or French language skills.
They will, however, be able to vote Liberal.