Citizenship is fundamental to who we are as a country;
Therefore be it resolved
that the CCR take the position that citizenship laws and policies must:
- Respect the principle that all citizens are equal.
- Embrace newcomers and encourage them to quickly become full participating members of our society.
- Recognize the barriers that some newcomers face to full participation, including the particular barriers faced by refugees who have suffered persecution and long years of deprivation.
- Respect the principle that citizenship is a status from which rights derive, and is thus similar to our status as human beings. It is not something that can be lost through behaviour.
- Have clear and transparent criteria about acquisition and loss of citizenship.
- Ensure that individuals have access to a fair hearing before an independent decision-maker, with the right of appeal. Decisions should not be made on a discretionary basis by the Minister.
Immigration and Settlement