CTV reported (September 27) on an audio recording in which the Liberal leader Justin Trudeau said (Winnipeg Town Hall, July 4, 2015) the following: “…the Liberal Party believes that terrorists should keep their Canadian citizenship, because I do. And I’m willing to take on anyone that disagrees with that.” The following is the full transcript of the question that was directed at Trudeau and his answer:
QUESTION: “My question is about C-24, the amendments to the Citizenship Act. Since 1947, when the Mackenzie King government passed our first citizenship act, there was a promise to new Canadians that they could be full citizens. And it’s been taken away in this. The idea of actually removing citizens that might’ve been born here, but happens to hold dual citizenship, is absolutely disgusting.”
Trudeau: “C-24, it’s the bill that for me exemplifies the Conservative’s approach to politics. Because what they get to say, with the Liberal Party’s staunch opposition to C-24 – because we absolutely and thoroughly oppose it – is that, and I’ll give you the quote, so you guys can jot it down and put it in an attack ad somewhere: ‘the Liberal Party believes that terrorists should get to keep their Canadian citizenship.’ BECAUSE I DO. And I’m willing to take on anyone who disagrees with that. Because the question is, as soon as you make citizenship for some Canadians conditional on good behaviour, you devalue citizenship for everyone. A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian.”
Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi is co-founder and editor of CIJnews and a senior researcher of the Middle East and radical Islam at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. He is also a co-founder of the Orient Research Group Ltd.