Citizenship Report

Published: Wednesday, 10/12/2005 12:00 am EDT

The Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration is waiting to hear from Minister Joe Volpe about his views on the committee's most recent report, Updating Canada's Citizenship Laws: It's Time. Though Committee chairman Andrew Telegdi tabled the report in the House on Oct. 6, Mr. Volpe has had a copy of the report since the House broke for summer holiday in June. The report makes 16 recommendations, including that the role of citizenship judges be maintained and their skills be improved, and the issue of citizenship for children adopted from overseas by Canadian parents be addressed. At a press conference, NDP Immigration critic Bill Siksay urged that the fee for citizenship applications be removed, so money is not a barrier to becoming a full Canadian. The committee hopes Mr. Volpe will fulfill his promise to get started on a citizenship act within two weeks of the report being tabled.

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