‘Delayed Citizens’ Escape Campaign Attention

While citizenship, immigration and refugee policy have been major issues in the current election campaign, not much has been said about the three-fold increase in the cost of becoming a citizen imposed by the Conservative…

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Does Your Canada Include 2nd Class Citizens?

What does it mean to be Canadian? What kind of Canada do we want? If you’ve tuned into the election coverage lately, you’ll know these aren’t meaningless questions. They’re being hotly debated by our federal…

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Family Reunification a Priority: Trudeau

A Liberal government will make family reunification one of its core immigration priorities along with renewing and expanding the refugee program. Party leader Justin Trudeau said immigration is critical to job creation and long-term economic…

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#Refugeecrisis Galvanizes Arab Community

This year’s election campaign has been one of the longest in our country’s political history, characterized by the usual kinds of political messaging, policy debates and ethical questions on governance. The campaign seemed a typical…

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Harper Government Uses “Lawfare” to Police Muslims

“Lawfare” is a term that combines “law” and “warfare.” It describes how the law can be used as a weapon to punish and prosecute citizens. It also describes how fear of Muslims is manufactured, through…

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Expat Voting Ban: ‘Troubling’ Trend in Canadian Citizenship

The Conservative government’s support of a ban preventing long-term expats from voting in the federal elections is not surprising, say Canadian academics. University of Ottawa law professor Michael Pal says a decision made last week…

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