Chris Selley: Actually, my citizenship is a right

@cselley Well done! Cuts to the heart of the matter. How can @PMHarper take a person’s citizenship that he never gave to begin with?

National Post | Full Comment

In unveiling his Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act last week, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander felt it important to remind us that “citizenship is not a right, it’s a privilege.”

[np_storybar title=”Would-be Canadians to wait longer for citizenship as Tories toughen language and knowledge rules” link=””]TORONTO — Calling citizenship “our most precious commodity,” the Conservatives tabled legislation on Thursday requiring immigrants to reside in the country four years before qualifying to become Canadians.

In addition to lengthening the residency requirement by one year, the reforms triple the cost of applying for citizenship to $300 and impose more stringent language and knowledge-of-Canada standards.

Those seeking citizenship would also have to file income taxes in Canada and commit to living in the country. At the same time, penalties for residency fraud — in which immigrants falsely claim to be living in Canada in order to maintain their status and qualify for citizenship…

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