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Canada to Remove Discrimination Against Naturalized Citizens

Prime Minister John Diefenbaker has announced plans for amendment of the Citizenship Act which would “remove the discrimination that now exists between natural born and naturalized citizens in connection with loss of citizenship. The only bar to enactment of such legislation would be the crowded Parliamentary calendar.

It is understood that the amendment will delete sections of the act which provide for denaturalization if a court conviction establishes disaffection or disloyalty to Canada. A naturalized citizen can also lose his status if while abroad “by act or speech” indicates disaffection or disloyalty. A native born citizen can only lose his status by becoming a citizen of another country.