When ‘is’ a Canadian a Canadian? According to Justin Trudeau anytime no matter what.
Trudeau started campaigning for the repeal of Stephen Harper’s policy to strip citizenship if someone committed treason, or someone who was part of an armed force of a country or organized group engaged in conflict with Canada.
“Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian.” Trudeau said in July 2015.
“And I’ll give you the quote so that you guys can jot it down and put it in an attack ad somewhere, that the Liberal Party believes that terrorists should get to keep their Canadian citizenship,” said Trudeau, in an audio recording first reported by CTV News. “Because I do. And I’m willing to take on anyone who disagrees with that. Because the question is, as soon as you make citizenship for some Canadians conditional on good behavior, you devalue citizenship for everyone.”
Trudeau said he’s “envious” of new Canadians because they “got to choose Canada”.
“The idea that we would say that we’ll give you your citizenship, but for the rest of your life you have to be on your best behavior … that principle that says the government can decide what you did means you no longer get to be Canadian is a very, very scary one,” he said.
Trudeau’s stance on the situation proves one thing, Islamic State supporters and fighters who also have a Canadian citizenship are allowed to roam free in Canada.
ISIS keeps losing ground since the inauguration of President Donald Trump and jihadists are returning to their home countries, including to Canada, but before they face the justice system they’re always assumed to be struggling with mental illness.
Bill C-6 protect jihadists coming back to Canada.
The repeal added by the Liberal government is a lie, “Dual citizens living in Canada who are convicted of these crimes will face the Canadian justice system, like other Canadian citizens who break the law.”
Today Australia’s Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton announced that five ISIS supporters were stripped of their Australian citizenship for their role in the Islamic State.
“I can confirm that five more individuals have ceased to be Australian citizens because of their involvement with Islamic State offshore,” Dutton said in a statement.
These men can be compared to Canadian jihadists returning to their home countries, but unfortunately for some unknown reason Justin Trudeau has a soft spot for them, the Prime Minister’s soft spot for Islamic State connected individuals needs a major overhaul.
Emmy Skylar started working for Debate Report in 2017. Emmy grew up in a small town in northern Manitoba. But moved to Ontario for university. Before joining Debate Report, Emmy briefly worked as a freelance journalist for CBC News. She covers politics and the economy.