The Harper Government is nearing an important anniversary. It's been almost ten years since it has been entrusted by Canadians to govern. This past decade has been a watershed in terms of immigration law and policy. It's difficult to encapsulate the changes, but here's our attempt (Part III):
The mercantile mentality of this government has extended even to the quintessential right, that of Canadian citizenship. In essence, citizenship is a commodity for this cabal of merchants, and the way to increase the value of a commodity is to decrease supply.
Citizenship under the Harper Government is harder to get and easier to lose. Ostensibly based on putative problems such as "birth tourism" and so-called Canadians of convenience, the government imposed more stringent requirements for citizenship and also provide more avenues for revoking status. Bill C-24 dramatically increases the grounds for revocation and has created different classes of citizenship. Once again, this government's legislation is headed to the courts.