During last night’s Munk leaders debate on foreign policy, an exchange between Trudeau and Harper became quite heated. Voices were raised over Bill C-24, a legislation that can strip citizenship of those convicted of terrorism-related offences. Dubbed the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act, Bill C-24 introduced amendments to the Citizenship Act that allow a dual national to be stripped of citizenship if convicted of offences related to spying, treason or terrorism. Trudeau said the Liberal Party was worried that the first response by the government against individuals convicted of certain crimes was not to keep them in jail, but that they be subject to a two-tiered citizenship. Harper shot back at Trudeau that Canada has already revoked citizenship of war criminals.
Is Trudeau right when he says “we are a nation of laws and we do not kick people out of the country for crimes”? Or is Harper right when he says terrorists have rejected our way of life and therefore forfeit their right to be citizens?