“Despite the fact that it took almost a year for the Senate to approve the bill, after three readings it obtained quite important changes,” said the Attorney David Cohen. “However, the essence of the bill remains complete and, if it comes into force, immigrants will have access to a faster and easier way to Canadian citizenship.”
Changes in the bill, which will change the Canadian Citizenship Act, have finally been approved by the Senate. This brings the ideas closer to becoming real laws. As a result of the proposed changes, immigrants arriving in Canada will be able to apply for Canadian citizenship faster and easier than they did it before.
45 members of the Senate voted in favor of these changes and 29 members voted against. There were no abstentions. The bill was confirmed on May 3 at about 4 P.M. However, the Senators in Ottawa asked their colleagues in the House of Commons to look again at the bill and the changes made by the Senate after the first version, which was confirmed in June last year. Before the bill comes into force, the royal assent must be obtained.
During the reading in the Senate, the Senators added a number of changes to the bill. Among them there is a provision, under which it will be necessary to inform the persons whose citizenship is going to be canceled because of allegations of fraud that they have the right to appeal to the Federal Court.