Patience is wearing thin on C-6

December 7th, 2016

Earlier this year, on June 17, an Act to amend the Citizenship Act passed the House of Commons in Ottawa. This eagerly-awaiting piece of legislation is known as Bill C-6.

Among the proposed amendments in C-6 is a reduction in the amount of time permanent residents have to live in Canada in order to become eligible to apply for citizenship, from four out of six years to three out of five years. In addition, applicants who spent time in Canada on temporary status — such as on a work or study permit — would be able to count a portion of this time towards the three-year requirement. The amendments would also repeal the intent to reside provision and remove language proficiency requirements for certain applicants.

In addition, the new legislation would repeal the contentious provision, introduced by the previous Conservative government, that allows for the revocation of citizenship for terrorism, high treason, treason or spying offences. As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau famously said as he was auditioning for the job during last year’s election, “a Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian,” and let’s let that be so.

This is all music to the ears of permanent residents of Canada and their families, as well as members of the communities in which they live across our country. Except there is one problem — the bill is not yet law.

Canada’s bicameral federation means that bills that are passed by the House of Commons are then read in the Senate. Under the Canadian Constitution, legislation must be approved by both chambers for it to become law. The Liberals have a majority in the House, but no majority in the Senate. Indeed, the Conservatives hold a plurality (but not a majority) of Senate seats.

As of November 28, the most recent update on the government site with respect to C-6, the Senate’s second reading of the bill is ongoing.

I wonder if these politicians have considered the welfare of current permanent residents of Canada — who are also taxpayers — and their families? It would seem not. As one reader on CICNews.com, Scott, commented just a couple of weeks ago under an article on this subject, ‘Incredible at how long this takes. There are stressed families waiting to have an answer.’ Scott is not alone.

C-6 passed the House of Commons by a vote of 218 for and 88 against. Not a single member of the Liberal Party, the New Democratic Party, the Green Party, or the Bloc Québécois voted against the bill. The Liberals were clear that this matter would be a priority for them in government, and the Prime Minister and his team have a clear popular mandate to implement these reforms based on their manifesto and electoral success last year.

Every single vote against C-6 in the Commons was from the Conservative opposition, consequently it is pretty clear what the hold up in the Senate is. So come on Tories, get your act together. Patience for these delaying tactics is wearing thin.


 
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56 Responses to “Patience is wearing thin on C-6”

  • On December 7th, 2016, Anonymous said ...

    I hope they expidite and make this a priority

  • On December 7th, 2016, Anonymous said ...

    Tories and her party have only one target, “always say No”regardless of any citizens rights or how many votes they have to carry to pass. I watch her talking and attaching in the HOC and have only one impression, I am afraid of the day such mentality will take the lead if Canada. She is acting to be looking for Canadians but on the contrary she is just booooo

  • On December 7th, 2016, Kim said ...

    I think the politicians have no idea how much stress they cause with immigration delays and the treatment of immigrants at local level . The citizenship delay is just another add on. My family as skilled workers waited 5 years before we were accepted as immigrants to Canada We provided all forms and information correctly, promptly and exactly as asked. yet there were endless frustrating delays on CIC part and their communication to applicants is appalling – probably the worst in the Western world. Once we arrived, we quickly realised and directly experienced as have many others we have spoken with, that there is a HUGE disconnect between what the Federal government is trying to achieve with immigration and bringing in skills to Canada and what the provinces are actually doing. In Victoria BC particularly, employers including local government are open about not employing anyone who is not a local born Victorian. We have had people here actually tell us that we are back of the queue, we will not be considered for work. It is common knowlegde and common practice. I know many people who have experienced the same and in workplaces employees openly admit it. Yet, ironically for example, I hold the highest UK qualification in pensions management and administration that you can achieve. I have a Formal HR qualification, I am trained, skilled and experienced in strategy, operational improvements, operational management, people management, budget management, training and development and in business risk reduction and planning, process improvement and cost efficiencies. I am an administrator, and have training, experience and skills. in many other business areas. They count for nothing here in Victoria BC. My skills were highly sought after in the UK and I have glowing references. Does the Federal government not realise how much rhetoric there is at local level? So the Citizenship delay to my family just underpins how disillusioned we feel for Canada as a whole, and that is a shame as we came here to bring willingness and experience to this country.

  • On December 7th, 2016, Anonymous said ...

    I totally agree with this article….as a permenant resident the delays in passing of c 6 makes me wonder how the conservative thinks and one day when i become a citizen i shall not vote for them….i speak for many people of my freinds as well….thanks

  • On December 7th, 2016, alaa IB Elbeheri said ...

    We suffered badly from the restrictive tough measures of CIC .
    Is there anything in the new act related to the misrepresentation and the five years appréhension period

  • On December 7th, 2016, Anonymous said ...

    Conservatives…stick to your ” guns”

  • On December 8th, 2016, Anonymous said ...

    when changed the previous law we were 2 months short for asking our citizenship. Now I am 4 or 5 short to ask as per new law… but because shortage work ( thanks to politicians mostly), we have to leave the country with the first job offer.
    Should we return and restart our time from “0″. I hesitate it!
    How can i explain my daughters they are not canadians anymore?

  • On December 8th, 2016, another anxious permanent resident said ...

    At this rate, I’ll be eligible next June under the Harper bill. How ironic.

  • On December 9th, 2016, Anonymous said ...

    Les Cons divided Canadian society into 2 classes with introduction of bill C-24 and thus every Canadian believing in Liberal values such as Freedom, Equality and Decency needs to call C-6 to pass. Cons by all means are trying to hinder it but eventually, will loose

  • On December 9th, 2016, Anonymous said ...

    Absolutely spot on. This has become a complete an utter joke – I missed out on applying for citizenship by 4 days when Bill C-24 came in and i was really overwhelmed with joy when C-6 was passed… that was 6 months ago, 6 extra months of waiting with hardly any talk of it.. zero updates… zero exposure… zero interest… like the Canucks full of hope.. delivering NOTHING

  • On December 15th, 2016, Anonymous said ...

    What a blatant display or arrogance by the senate that compares to the despots of many 3rd world countries that many of us are trying to escape. The senate should really look in the mirror as ask if they are upholding the true values of being Canadian.

  • On December 15th, 2016, Anonymous said ...

    Our problem is with the liberals who are not pushing enough for their proposed law. We didn’t hear any comment or criticism from the minister or the liberal party regarding the expected behavior of the conservative senate. The liberals performance in this case is very disappointing.

  • On December 15th, 2016, Anonymous said ...

    It would be nice to know exactly WHEN we will get news of when this bill is going to be put into being.

  • On December 15th, 2016, Anonymous said ...

    Looks like partisan obstructionism, U.S. style. Not a good thing.

  • On December 15th, 2016, Anonymous said ...

    Messege to the consvs; this is Canada and people like Donald Trum don’t will not rule us.
    I will work as a volunteer in the nex election. Guess whom agaist I will work for.

  • On December 15th, 2016, P Singh said ...

    with the wait & funds wearing out. I have planned to go back. 3×5 is put to indefinite risking the careers. Wish Santa will do the miracle.

  • On December 15th, 2016, Anonymous said ...

    Thanks for choosing the best words ….the patience is wearing thin, we pray the Senate is able to look through the miseries of so many Canadian residents. It has been almost a wait of more than six months and still going on.

  • On December 15th, 2016, shakeel said ...

    I agreed ur statement, conservative is not working as candia way because House of comments is supreme they by people’s votes. Sitting in Senate r not voted elected by selection,con r bois. Their behaviour r third world country

  • On December 15th, 2016, tariq amoorah said ...

    I aspire to live in Canada for a better life and are fully prepared to work in any work available

  • On December 15th, 2016, Anonymous said ...

    Frustration and a lot of patience. Ihad to wait almost over a year and a half to begin the Citizenship application whereas it would have been in two months.

  • On December 15th, 2016, Anonymous said ...

    Hopefully the Bill will pass in Senate in 2017…..But the delay is due to some points in the new law.especially terrorism related issues…this is my understanding……..Liberals are the best and optimstic. They work hard on this.Be calm and Patient

  • On December 15th, 2016, Anonymous said ...

    I really can’t find any reason for the delay except that the liberals are not serious about their promises to the voters. Should we still trust them ?

  • On December 15th, 2016, Anonymous said ...

    I have been living in Canada for 3 years as a temporary worker, paying my taxes and being a good citizen. I think it is unfair for me and anyone else that the time we have spent living here is not counted towards our Citizenship requirement. By current standard I will be living in Canada for 7 years before I can become a citizen.

  • On December 15th, 2016, Anonymous said ...

    Tories, stick to your guns. You were put in office to oppose the libs and should continue to do so.

  • On December 15th, 2016, Anonymous said ...

    The issue needs prompt attention and reattention till it sees day light as the delay just because of political differences is not a fair proposition and giving the aspirants a hard time seems unwarranted at this juncture hope those at helm of affairs n ministers concerned will take out some time from their usual busy term come out in open n try their best of luck

  • On December 15th, 2016, Anonymous said ...

    When Tories oppose something, it is always called obstructionism. Wonder what it is called when libs opposed conservative initiatives? Double standard at work, typical of if annoying libs.

  • On December 15th, 2016, Anonymous said ...

    The tories must realise that by delaying this bill they are just decreasing their popularity.

  • On December 15th, 2016, Anonymous said ...

    I was really worried about this. Glad to see someone posting about it. I think its really sad that we who have been here , worked and gained canadian experience , gone to school and paid the crazy international fees and have contributed to society will be put at a disadvantage compared to some others outside of Canada. It is truly sad. Trudeau prefers to open the door to sll of mexico ( when USA is shutting its doors) and invite Syrians . Thanks Trudeau for the direction Canada is heading. Thanks .

  • On December 15th, 2016, Anonymous said ...

    I have been anxiously waiting for the bill to pass. If this bill is not passed I can’t utilize my full potential as an expert in my profession. Even I may opt to leave Canada leaving my family, who are Canadian citizen already, to explore myself which would be a great loss for me as well as for Canada.

  • On December 15th, 2016, Anonymous said ...

    Conservative s are really behaving against the interest of Canadians……We all are optimistic the law will pass in senate soon

  • On December 15th, 2016, Anonymous said ...

    I hate politicians because of their inhuman attitude. They just think about power of ruling or opposition. And other people go to hell or die they don’t give a..

  • On December 15th, 2016, Anonymous said ...

    I am a Canadian born Citizen but my wife holds a Permanent Canadian Residency status. We have been waiting now for a long period even before the Liberal party promise for the introduction of Bill C6. It was with high hopes that it was passed in the House in early summer with the promise that it would be implemented by July 1st for the Canadian Citizenship Cérémonies but this was not considering the Torries majority in the Senate whom are doing everything in their strategy to slow it down as much as possible (probably thinking in their narrow minds that it will become of little interest and remain on ice meanwhile other ”more urgent” bills are proposed for review, then C6 picks ups dust and becomes a bystander matter of little interest for most od the elected politicians. I am questioning myself to the fact if the Liberals are not accomplises with the Senates tenure over Bill C6 since it has gone to the Senate for review and aproval as to date NONE of the elected Deputies,nor the Minister and even less the Premier have done any effort to exercise pressure on the Senators (Senate) in doing their job! This situation is ridiculous and demnonstrate the immature not to say childish attitude of the Senators playing Political strategy on the backs of its citizens for whom they seem to have very little if any respect for their contribution to this Nation of ours. What a pity, what a shame!

  • On December 15th, 2016, Salman Hameed said ...

    No further donations to Liberals from me as this was their election commitment. No further donations to the Liberals as this was their major election commitment and they have failed to deliver, yet

  • On December 15th, 2016, Anonymous said ...

    As a PR, I think that 4 years is not too long for a PR to wait and be fully convinced that he / she wants to become a Canadian. I’d be happy if they made it 3 years but I have no right to complain if they kept it at 4. This is their country, and they are allowed to make the rules – not immigrants like us. Our countries back home don’t make immigrants citizens in 3 years. Mine asks for a minimum of 7! What right do I have to demand that Canada does so in just 3?

  • On December 15th, 2016, Anonymous said ...

    Too bad for the conservative because when I become a Canadian and citizen and a voter, I will invite all immigrants who will become Canadian Citizen not to vote for these Conservative. There will be a time of reckoning.

  • On December 16th, 2016, Anonymous said ...

    Wonder why there is no update from the Government? The Hon’ble Minister should provide us with an update on the delay in passing this bill. We expect the Liberals to do a better job in keeping its commitments in a timely manner.

  • On December 16th, 2016, Feras said ...

    That’s really frustrating, Conservative party trying to delay things in case they role again, but unfortunately with this attitude they will never win the election. Please think about those immigrants suffering from your bad decisions to delay things and how much pressure you caused to them.

  • On December 16th, 2016, Anonymous said ...

    One would have thought that the senate do no possess so much powers considering that they were not elected. Ironically, the reverse is the case. This kind of situation has constantly given the backing for the scrapping of the senate. They have become an obstacle in the wheel of progress for a lot of residence eagerly waiting to become citizens. Please, we implore the senate to act fast for we all need this bill passed going forward.

  • On December 22nd, 2016, SHAHUL HAMEED said ...

    I am not sure what holds them so long as a PR we landed based on 3 years citizenship but new government take so long as if doesnt show much interest in moving forward….

  • On December 22nd, 2016, Anonymous said ...

    I wish and hope that senate will also consider the new time frame and this law shall be implement soon. Hope for the best.

  • On December 22nd, 2016, Anonymous said ...

    well MY Canadian friends that’s not right to say that we have to live a portion like 3or 4 yrs in Canada there. for a perm resident card ughh trudeau will come and pass this for us peple to become what we should be and that’s is. Canadian lifestayle of our own .

  • On December 22nd, 2016, Anonymous said ...

    Why should conservatives “stick to their guns” as one responder stated? What is their reasoning for not approving Bill C-6?

  • On December 22nd, 2016, Anonymous said ...

    Canadian citizenship is a privilege, not a right. Reducing the residency and language proficiency requirements are not in the best interests of the country or of potential new citizens. Looks more like the LIberals are reinstating their tried-and-true method of increasing Liberal supporters for future elections.

  • On December 23rd, 2016, Anonymous said ...

    Recent development is that the bill has been referred to the comittee. 2nd reading is over. Bill was referred to the comittee on Dec 15th. If you wish to see real time peogress of various bills, just go to “Legisinfo” website.

  • On December 23rd, 2016, Anonymous said ...

    Not sure when this will happen now. The government owes an answer. This was one of their commitment during the election. They should come out and explain what is going on.

  • On January 31st, 2017, Anonymous said ...

    Is there Anyone who works for the government who has a clue when should we expect this to become a law?

  • On February 2nd, 2017, Anonymous said ...

    What the hell is going on in senate committee of Social Affairs??!!!
    They are postponing consideration of the bill C-6 to study this one :
    “Study on the role of robotics, 3D printing and artificial intelligence in the healthcare system”
    I find this absolutely ridiculous

  • On February 8th, 2017, Anonymous said ...

    I am getting my citizenship either next year with the current rules or this year if there is a change. In any case, Conservatives are doing a pretty good job for people to dislike them. Delaying this bill for so many months is ridiculous.

  • On February 13th, 2017, Anonymous said ...

    Don’t we deserve at least an update from the government about the bill?
    I’m not sure if senate reading would really need 7 months. What I see is that Conservatives who are making the most of Senates are delaying for a political reasons. I hope I’m mistaken, but for sure you will not get my vote in any election. I’m sure all delayed PR are determined for this vote move

  • On February 17th, 2017, Resident said ...

    It is apparent that C6 will be used as an hanging issue between Libs and Tories. I would rather say non-serious attitude from both parties.

  • On February 21st, 2017, Stephen said ...

    The Senate is an institution that is in dire need of reforms or, even some would suggest, abolition. We see it in all its glory. Captain Dunsel would be proud.

  • On February 23rd, 2017, FAROOQ said ...

    I was so excited when I heard that Liberals are pushing this bill so lot of PR like me will get benefited but it looks like Liberals are least bothered to pass this bill into law although they have majority to pass it. It is not a priority anymore. I am already completing my time in next 2 months and my vote never go to Liberals in the next election.

  • On February 23rd, 2017, Anonymous said ...

    Paul Trueman, former Canadian Visa Officer at Citizenship and Immigration Canada (1975-2006)
    Written Jan 13

    “It is not clear where you got your dates for this legislation. C-6 went to first reading in the House of Commons on March 26, 2016. Second Reading was on March 21, 2016 and it went to Committee on May 5, 2016; the Committee Report was released on May 17, 2016. It passed Third Reading in the Commons on June 17, 2016, and went to the Senate the same day, where it immediately passed 1st Reading. It didn’t pass 2nd Reading in the Senate until 15th December 2016, where further progress has stalled. Opinions differ, but with Conservative Party Senators united in their opposition to the bill, and without a unified position by Liberal Senators, it is possible C-6 will never become law.”
    https://www.quora.com/When-will-Canadian-Bill-C-6-become-law

  • On March 6th, 2017, Anonymous said ...

    I am requesting the Senate to consider the social impact of delaying C-6 , and the amount of happiness they can spread among thousands of families by approving it.
    Families are overwhelmed by many economical and political issues need to hear good news soon.

  • On March 13th, 2017, Anonymous said ...

    I understanding that becoming a citizen in a foreign land is a PRIVILEDGE and not a RIGHT, and that with those rights come responsibilities. But as someone who has lived in Canada for close to 20 years, this is pretty much home. I have paid taxes and lived as a good resident in this country and I feel that the current rules and regulations do nothing but segregate me from being a full participating member of the society. When Im denied positions that I am fully qualified for on the basis that I am not a ‘citizen’ it is heart breaking and disillusioning. The fact that the Libs are not taking the passing of this bill seriously is disheartening. People’s lives are being dangled on a carrot stick of political rhetoric each passing day the bill sits idle and I do not think that is the right way to promote ‘inclusiveness’ in the country. At this point America is looking more inviting than Canada..and that’s saying a lot considering the current political climate in the States. Conservatives grow up! and Liberals Sit up!

  • On March 27th, 2017, Nevena P Pencheva said ...

    Hello,

    is there any development on this bill? I can’t believe nothing has happened yet, very disappointed in the Liberals and Trudeau so far…

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