Terrorist Citizenship?

If you’ve already signed up for the Conservative Party of Canada, then you’re receiving lots of campaign emails from each of the candidates.

In this material, there’s been an often-repeated claim that the current Liberal government is “granting citizenship to a convicted terrorist.” Particularly from Alexander and Blaney.

They’re talking about the terrorist, Zakaria Amara, who was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for being the ringleader of the fouled “Toronto 18” terrorists plots. His legal Canadian Citizenship was revoked by the previous Harper government, using powers they gave themselves in Bill C-24. The Trudeau government amended Bill C-24 and restored (not granted) Amara his citizenship.

Born at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. He attended Quran school as a child as well as public school in Canada. At the age of 14, an acute identity crisis led him to Pakistan, where a chance encounter with the Taliban would propel him into extremism…

Sorry, we started the life story of Mubin Shaikh there. Muslim and undercover counter terrorism operative for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) who infiltrated and provided information to stop the “Toronto 18” before they could bomb and kill civilians. In another time, Mubin Shaikh might have also lost his Canadian Citizenship before the articles in Bill C-24. Thankfully, Alexander had awarded himself sole discretion in Bill C-24 (when Immigration Minister) to decide who gets to keep their citizenship and who should not.

AND THEN WHAT FOR CONVICTED TERRORISTS LIKE AMARA?

We understand the desire to strip terrorists of something precious to punish them, and Canadian Citizenship is something precious. However, we could only do this to dual citizens, international law forbids us from making a person “stateless”. So what do we do next with dual citizens?

Amara is also a citizen of Jordon, so we might have deported him back to the Middle East. Yes, send a convicted terrorist back to ISIS to get re-radicalized so we can fight him again.

BECAUSE IT WAS SO MUCH FUN THE FIRST TIME?!

In another case, we might strip Canadian Citizenship from a person who is also an American Citizen. So, we would deport them back to the United States?

HOW MUCH WOULD OUR ALLIES LOVE US FOR DUMPING OUR CONVICTED TERRORISTS ON THEM?!

Bill C-24 was simply bad policy; it gave the Immigration Minister too much power over Canadian Citizenship, did nothing to actually prevent terrorism (who cares about citizenship when you are willing to lose your life) and had no positive end game. It is nothing more than an interesting sound bite in a campaign. Please do not vote for those canadidates that would revive the old Bill C-24.

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