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Federal Court rules: ‘Independent’ hearing required before stripping Canadian citizenship

On 10 May, the Federal Court  ruled that citizens are entitled to a fair hearing by an independent decision-maker before they are deprived of their citizenship. The judge ruled that eight people who had been stripped of their Canadian citizenship would have it restored. 

Canadian legislation allows the deprivation of citizenship on grounds of fraud since 1947. Under the Harper conservative government, the powers to strip individuals of their Canadian citizenship was transferred from the Governor in Council to immigration officials. This has led to a dramatic increase in the number of citizenship deprivation cases (167 from 1988 to 2015; 235 since 2015).

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