Revoking Canadian Citizenship: Immigration Lawyer Michael Niren on CTV News

Our own Immigration Lawyer Michael Niren appeared on CTV News this week to discuss Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney’s suggestion that Canadian citizens who have dual citizenship could have their Canadian citizenship revoked if they participate in terrorist act.Immigration Lawyer Michael Niren CTV News

This comes after a person with dual Canadian and Lebanese citizenship was confirmed to be involved in a bus bombing in Bulgaria last year.

A private member’s bill has been tabled that would allow Canada to revoke citizenship for those who engage in “acts of war” against Canada.

Immigration lawyer Michael Niren interviewed

According to our own immigration lawyer Michael Niren, such a law would create a very dangerous precedent.

“Generally speaking, we live in a democracy. And when someone gets their citizenship, they have a right to citizenship.

There are laws, where people are prosecuted if they commit criminal offenses. But should we go so far as to strip their citizenship? That could be a slippery slope.”

He went on to explain that there are already revocation laws in place for those who commit fraud or misrepresent themselves, while anyone who is charged with a criminal offense can be prosecuted under international law – the laws are already in place to deal with people who commit crimes or are terrorists, but once they qualify for their citizenship that is a fundamental right that they should be able to keep.

Check out the video here!

What do you think? Should Canada be able to revoke someone’s citizenship if they participate in a terrorist crime outside of Canada?

 

Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

The content and comments of this blog are not legal advise and and may not be accurate or complete. If you require legal advice, contact a licensed legal practitioner directly. If you post on this blog, you assume full responsibility for disclosing your identity to the public and VisaPlace nor its affiliates are not responsible for protecting your privacy nor your identity concerning your participation in our blog and you assume any risks in participating.

Customer Reviews

Here’s my good advice; Lawyer up. ...and if your looking for a group of lawyers to help with your international affairs regarding visas and work permits; these professionals are top notch. I’ve had a great experience, they got the job done, and my job was very complicated. Rania Abboud, high five to you especially, you set up a great plan for success, replied to my questions very quickly, kept me informed and your very knowledgeable in your field. To everyone else at VisaPlace; Thank you as well. As a business owner myself I immediately recognized the way your team works so effectively! I wish you all the best of success. J.

Jason Mayerin the last week

The team at the Visa place as very thorough in the preparation of my application which I am sure made a difference. They guided the process well to a successful outcome. Would recommend them for sure.

Brad Davies2 weeks ago

I hired them for my study permit application! I had been denied twice and thanks to them the 3rd try was a success. Lisa Inspektor was my main contact. She is Very nice and polite. I strongly recommend you to go with them! The money you’re gonna spend is gonna be worth it

landry walker3 weeks ago

Associations