'A Canadian is a Canadian': Liberals Repeal Law That Strips Terrorists of Citizenship

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Canada's Liberal government is following through on a promise to repeal aspects of a bill that stripped convicted terrorists of their citizenship — a move that would restore the citizenship of a man involved in one of the country's most infamous bomb plots.

The controversial Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act, imposed by the previous Conservative regime, allows the government to revoke the citizenship of dual nationals who have been convicted of offenses related to spying, treason or terrorism.

At a press conference in Ottawa in Thursday, Citizenship and Immigration Minister John McCallum announced that that piece of the Conservative bill would be revoked.

"We believe very strongly that there should be only one class of Canadians," he said. "That all Canadians are equal. That a Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian, from coast to coast to coast."

McCallum said the Conservative bill created a "slippery slope," raising the question that one day, other crimes could be grounds for revocation. He stressed repeatedly that for him and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, it "was a matter of principle." 

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